The UK government has reinforced its intention to license the non-surgical aesthetics sector in England. It comes after the JCCP, British Beauty Council, and the CIEH wrote to the Department of Health and Social Care, on behalf of the aesthetics industry.
In their correspondence to the Government, the supporting lobbying groups had set out key priorities for the administration to action. These were:
1. We encourage anyone considering a cosmetic procedure to take the time to find a reputable, insured and qualified practitioner, as well as reflect on the possible impact of the procedure on both their physical and mental health
2. There are currently no specific premises standards for beauty salons and non-CQC-registered premises providing non-surgical cosmetic procedures. We will consider whether specific premises standards are needed and what they should include. We also want to ensure that we do not duplicate inspection regimes. We will, therefore, continue to work with CQC to ensure that, if introduced, any new premises standards operate consistently with regulatory frameworks already in place
3. The government agrees that those who offer non-surgical cosmetic procedures to the public should be suitably trained and qualified. We recognise there is a need for nationally recognised standards covering the education, training and qualifications required for the administration of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. The Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) has already developed a competency framework covering high-risk non-surgical cosmetic procedures and there are a limited number of bodies currently able to offer training courses on non-surgical cosmetic procedures. This includes universities, colleges and private training companies. There are also a range of Ofqual-approved qualifications that are delivered by recognised Ofqual awarding bodies. We will work with JCCP and other relevant stakeholders to consider whether further education and training requirements are necessary
4. The government has recently outlined plans to strengthen medical devices regulation, including extending CE mark recognition as part of transitioning to a future regime and the scope of regulations to capture certain non-medical products with similar risk profiles to medical devices – this includes dermal fillers’
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