There will be no ban on size zero models at this month's London Fashion Week, but there will be no models under the age of 16 on the catwalk, following the release of a much-awaited Model Health Inquiry.

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has also been given the remit to ensure backstage environments are drug and smoke free.

The BFC commissioned the report in response to increasing concerns about the health risks to young models on the catwalks at last year's London Fashion Week. The Inquiry was also supported and partly funded by the London Development Agency, Marks & Spencer and The Work Foundation.

Hilary Riva, chief executive of the BFC said: "The Inquiry has produced a thorough and valuable piece of work involving detailed and analytical research across a broad spectrum of our industry and made important and useful recommendations aimed at improving the working lives of young models, as well as introducing a specific structure to better protect and monitor their health."

Size zero debates have continued throughout the past year, but the British Fashion Council asked the Inquiry to review whether Body Mass Index (BMI) was the best parameter for a model's health.

The Inquiry did not support the introduction of a 'weigh-in' system through BMI (Body Mass Index) testing due to the risk that it may worsen eating disorders among models, and would "be both demeaning and discriminatory" to the industry.

"We have already been in personal touch with my counterparts in Milan, Paris and New York about the introduction of a standard and uniform medical certificate, confirming the general good health of models appearing on any catwalk, not just London.

"This specific recommendation, while eminently sensible and well intentioned, will require active support and participation from all territories because over 70% of models working in London fly in from overseas for the shows," Riva added.

Other recommendations of the report include investigation and scientific study into the prevalence of eating disorders, detailed investigations into the working conditions of models, the establishment of a self-funded representative body for the modelling profession and a move away from digitally enhanced imagery.