The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) has determined that level seven treatments, which includes injectables and dermal fillers, should only be performed by adequately trained healthcare professionals who are on its register.
Following this decision, the JCCP has suspended access to its register for all non-healthcare practitioners, such as beauticians and beauty therapists, until a detailed evaluation of the risks is carried out.
The decision was made after doctors and nurses threatened to boycott the register if non-medically trained beauty therapists were able to join.
Michael Saul, partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, said: “The inconsistent regulations within the cosmetic surgery industry pose huge risks for patients, so I fully welcome the JCCP’s decision.
“Although the JCCP is not able to legally prevent any beauty therapists from carrying out these procedures, it will hopefully encourage the public to be more thorough and cautious in choosing a practitioner; putting them at a lower risk of suffering from a botched procedure that may significantly impact their physical or emotional health.”
The JCCP plans to discuss ongoing issues relating to statutory regulation for all practitioners within the aesthetics sector and will be seeking the opportunity to facilitate conversation with key parties, including the Department of Health and Social Care, in the near future to consider matters relating to cosmetic regulation.
David Sines, JCCP chair, said: “We will seek to continue to work closely with key stakeholders and the Department of Health and Social Care to represent our case for statutory regulation for the whole sector and look forward to participating in further consultation on these matters.
“Now is the time to take stock again and to consult on the best approaches to deliver patient safety and public protection across all categories of practitioners.”
The JCCP is the body that registers practitioners and approved education and training providers with the key remit of ensuring patient safety.