With so many stories in our industry about complications following poor quality non-surgical procedures being carried out, MP Alberto Costa recently highlighted the problems that can be caused by poor quality treatments during Prime Minister’s Questions.  He raised the case of one of his constituents, Rachael Knappier,who suffered severe complications following a lip filler procedure.

Rachael Knappier suffered severe complications following a lip filler procedure.

Mr Costa states, “New regulations should mean beauticians are properly trained and licensed before they can administer injections.”  He calls for therapists to be obligated to have indemnity insurance in place, so clients have recourse if something goes wrong and believes that the rise of social media has a part to play in encouraging the use of fillers and Botox in young people. 

During PMQ’s, Theresa May replied to his question on how the Government intends to protect the public by stating,“We recognise that this growth in non-surgical treatments does increase the need for consumer protection.  We are currently working with stakeholders to strengthen the regulation and we are committed to increasing the safety of these procedures in a number of ways.  For example; better training, robust qualifications for practitioners and clear information where people can make informed decisions about their care.  We would urge anyone who is looking to have a cosmetic procedure to take the time to find a reputable, safe and qualified practitioner who is subject to statutory regulation or on a voluntary accredited register”.

Let’s hope that Mrs May’s comments are acted upon swiftly and efficiently.

For many of us working within the industry, we recognise that there is a vast disparity between quality education and strict pre-requisites and the lower end of education where there are few pre-entry requirements and guided learning hours are limited.

Without a Government-led regulatory body the industry seems to be at a crossroads over just how far is appropriate for a beauty therapist to go with invasive procedures.  The debate will continue, and therapists will continue to be able to train and practice until there is Government intervention.  While there is demand for fillers and injectables, in many cases due to social media pressures, this side of the industry will continue to grow with more therapists joining the increasing numbers of their peers with possibly devastating results for the consumer due to treatments being carried out by perhaps inappropriately or poorly trained practitioners. 

The JCCP (Joint Council for Cosmetic Procedures) in August 2018 removed Beauty Therapists from its register for Level 7 treatments such as injectable fillers.

They stated, “The JCCP Board met on July 31, 2018, to review progress relating to the Practitioner Register and to review the many communications it has received about allowing non-healthcare practitioners to register at L7 for the administration of injectables and fillers.

“The JCCP has now determined that Level 7 treatments that involve injectables and dermal fillers should be performed only by relevantly trained, experienced and proficient healthcare professionals who are registered on Part 1 of the JCCP Register.”

“The JCCP will therefore now suspend access to its Register for all non-healthcare practitioners who practise Level 7 injectable and/or dermal fillers procedures for a period of three years whilst a detailed evaluation can take place of the ‘risks’ involved to the general public and will use this period to resubmit the case for statutory regulation of the whole sector to the Department of Health and Social Care. The JCCP Trustee Board has endorsed this position and has decided to implement the changes as proposed.”

The JCCP have allowed the second register of non-healthcare practitioners to remain open to therapists trained up to Level 6 but will not allow therapists to perform Level 7 treatments. 

This, of course, does not mean that beauty therapists cannot carry out Level 7 treatments, only that the JCCP does not support it.

nabuno supports the intervention of the Government and we believe that only the creation of something akin to Gas Safety regulation will bring improved safety to the industry.  Let’s hope that Mrs May’s comments are acted upon swiftly and efficiently.

Sue Davies

Sue Davies has been an active member of the nail and beauty industry for over 16 years. She has worked widely in the industry in the fields of salon management and ownership, international nail competitions, as an education provider (both independently and for industry brands), and managed nail industry trade bodies. Sue is highly respected within her field, has received industry recognition and awards and been a regular columnist and contributor in trade press.