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New tools to combat rogue cosmetic practices

Stuart Spear08/03/2018 - 14:25

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The beauty sector has been described as like 'the wild west'
The beauty sector has been described as like 'the wild west'

This month saw a major break-through in the battle against poor practices in the beauty sector with the launch of a register of competent practitioners.

The long-awaited move is being welcomed by EHPs who have been fighting a losing battle when it comes to enforcing standards in a wide range of practices from tattoo and beauty parlours at one end of the spectrum to tongue splitting, scarification and branding at the other.

The opening of the voluntary register on 1 March follows two other public protection milestones in the non-surgical cosmetic sector with the launch of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) at the House of Lords on the 22 February.

Both of the new agencies will play a key role in establishing standards in what the Prof Bruce Keogh described as a ‘wild west’ industry in his 2013 review into cosmetic surgery practices.

Both of the new bodies will aim to work seamlessly with the CPSA setting evidence-based practice and education standards across the sector while the JCCP will take those standards and use them as part of its overall registration process.     

‘It is our job to make sure the practitioners meet the practice standards and also have the appropriate education and training standards, that they are of good character, they have indemnity insurance and they self-declare that the premises from which they practice meet our minimum standards,’ explains Prof David Sines, head of the JCCP.

While the JCCP register opened at the beginning of the month it is currently going through formal approval by the Professional Standards Authority responsible for accrediting bodies that register care and health professionals.

With approval expected in the next couple of weeks the JCCP then plans to launch a major public awareness campaign.  ‘We have a major social media campaign ready to run and a major marketing campaign going along the side of that,’ said Prof Sines.

‘We also want to get the message into the environmental health sector that we have got the standards, that they are aware of the standards and then we can encourage those standards to be recognised by EHOs themselves.’

He added: ‘We have been made aware over the last few days that a number of EHOs in England and Wales have already started to inform their local practitioners that they are going to expect them to know about the standards and that they will be starting to use them as a checklist of best practice.’    

The JCCP aims to register 1,500 practitioners in the first year rising to 5,000 over a four-year period.   

In the coming months the JCCP will also be using education standards set by the CPSA to form a Register of Approved Training Providers.

The new register plans to address another serious public health concern within the non-surgical cosmetic sector around the standard of training provided for practitioners.

‘In early May we will be making a call to any education and training organisation to apply to the JCCP to have their training formally recognised and approved,’ said Prof Sines. If approved then the training will not only meet our standard but trainees at the point of qualification will be eligible to join the JCCP Practitioner Register.’     

Any practitioner wishing to register should log on to the JCCP website www.jccp.org.uk


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