Have Your Say on UK Aesthetics Industry Regulation

COMMA JCCP UK Aesthetics Industry Regulatory Debate

In March 2021 the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) published its 10 Point Plan. This clearly set out its proposals for UK aesthetics industry regulation and comments on the plans were invited. 

The deadline for you to have your say on these recommendations is Tuesday 1 June.

Ahead of this, at 8pm this evening (Thursday 27 May), Comma – the social network for the medical aesthetics community and home to the Harley Academy student forum – is holding a members-only live debate which promises to get to the heart of the issues the JCCP is seeking to address.

Tune in live to hear key industry figures discuss the pros and cons of the JCCP’s approach, what works and what may not go far enough, so it can inform your response to the 10 Point Plan.

JCCP 10 Point Plan overview

The JCCP’s proposals have been set out in this infographic and revolve around the following areas:

1. Statutory Regulation

2. Mandatory Education and Training Standards 

3. Clear, Transparent Information

4. Definition of Medical and Cosmetic Treatments

5. Safe and Ethical Prescribing 

6. More Regulated Advertising and Social Media

7. National Complications Reporting

8. Adequate Insurance Cover

9. Licensing of Premises, Treatments and Practitioners

10. Raising Consumer Awareness

Comma regulatory debate topics

The Comma debate between the executive chairman of the JCCP, Professor David Sines, chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN), Sharon Bennett and Dr Steven Land, will be chaired by aesthetics industry commentator and journalist, Lorna Jackson.

They will explore:

1. Training 

  • – Is it time to come down heavily on the CPD providers to enforce more scrutiny of those wishing to become certified?
  • – What role do insurers have in shaping training standards for the sector? 

2. Our identity as a speciality

  • – What Constitutes an Aesthetic ‘Medical’, ‘Medically-Related’ or ‘Cosmetic’ Procedure?

3. Prescribing

  • – A decade ago, Dr Mark Harrison was the first doctor to be exposed for remote prescribing botulinum toxin in a high-profile sting, this led to the subsequent ban by the General Medical Council (GMC) and later the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Dental Council (GDC) of non-F2F prescribing of botulinum toxins for cosmetic interventions. 10 years later are things any better?
  • – Is the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) doing enough to enforce regulation?

4. Complications

  • – With more and more complication groups being set up, should we be taking a further look at how this is managed?
  • – Should we be pushing for complications management providers, organisations and centres to be Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered (other than one off emergencies managed by the treating practitioner)?

If you are not a Comma member already, you will need to be either a medical aesthetics professional or a Harley Academy student to join. You will be asked to provide your valid professional registration number as part of the membership approval process. 

In addition to being able to access the main network, Harley Academy students have a separate, private area on the platform – the Harley Academy Comma – which is invitation only. If you have not received your invitation and would like to join, please contact Student Support.

We look forward to seeing you at the debate at 8pm tonight – do let us have your feedback as to what is said and any points you would like raised ahead of time via Comma or the Harley Academy Instagram account.

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