The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) has today released a 10 point plan for aesthetics regulation. This comes as part of the body’s continued work towards improving patient safety within the UK aesthetic medicine industry.
A statement published on the JCCP website advises, “Our ultimate aim is to create a safer environment for members of the public undergoing non-surgical treatments with mandated qualifications, premises criteria, insurance and many other steps relating to the sector and industry.”
“This is exactly the type of action the aesthetics industry needs,” Harley Academy founder and CEO, Dr Tristan Mehta says of the plan. “We wholeheartedly support the work the JCCP is doing to achieve all the goals they have set out here.”
He adds, “As pioneers of the Level 7 Diploma in Botox and Dermal Fillers, we are particularly passionate about establishing a high level of mandatory education and standards for aesthetics training in the UK. Ensuring medical professionals receive an advanced, ethical aesthetics education, with hands-on training, is right at the heart of the Harley Academy ethos.
Statutory regulation is the ultimate goal and I believe setting out a clear plan to achieve this is an important step forward.”
JCCP 10 Point Plan overview
Here are the key points listed in the JCCP’s 10 Point Plan in overview form.
1 Statutory Regulation
Seek and advise on statutory regulation for the non-surgical aesthetics and hair restoration sector.
2 Mandatory Education and Training Standards
Government and education/training regulators in the UK to mandate specific qualifications, education and training requirements for specific modalities.
3 Clear, Transparent Information
Aesthetic service providers to clearly display simple, informative guides on all services provided including risks, benefits, costs, qualifications and insurance to members of the public.
4 Definition of Medical and Cosmetic Treatments
Work with Government agencies to clearly define in law what constitutes a ‘medical’, a ‘medically-related’ treatment and what is ‘cosmetic’ only.
5 Safe and Ethical Prescribing
Implement robust standards and regulation for safe, ethical and professional prescribing within non-surgical aesthetics.
6 More Regulated Advertising and Social Media
Tighter controls and penalties on exaggerated, inaccurate and misleading advertising and social media posts in relation to aesthetic treatments, hair restoration and training.
7 National Complications Reporting
Introduce enhanced and co-ordinated processes for the reporting and analysis of adverse incidents at a national level.
8 Adequate Insurance Cover
Legislate all cosmetic non-surgical aesthetics and hair restoration surgical practitioners to hold robust and adequate indemnity insurance covering each service provided.
9 Licensing of Premises, Treatments and Practitioners
Set nationally agreed standards for licensing and regulating premises, treatments procedures and individuals.
10 Raising Consumer Awareness
Raise public awareness of the risks and benefits associated with non-surgical treatments and hair restoration surgery.
The JCCP has made a long-form document available for download which contains further details on each of these points.
Harley Academy welcomes these aims and supports the JCCP in working towards a safer, more ethical and better-regulated UK aesthetics industry.
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