This weekend, the government launched their first-ever consultation to help shape a new licensing scheme for aesthetic treatments, in the hope of cracking down on ‘botched’ procedures by introducing a regulated standard across the industry.
The first-of-its-kind consultation will run for eight weeks, collating feedback from beauty businesses and individuals on how to make non-surgical cosmetic procedures safer, after a record-high of 3,000 complaints in 2022, with over two-thirds relating to dermal fillers and almost a quarter relating to wrinkle-relaxants.
The new licensing scheme would mean that practitioners and cosmetic businesses operating in England will need to be licensed to perform specific procedures, and could have the potential to include age limits and restrictions for high-risk procedures, including injecting fillers into intimate parts of the body such as breasts and buttocks.
One organisation that has been an essential part of driving forward this initiative, and worked closely with the government to shape future regulations, is the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC), insurance and membership association for beauty professionals who tirelessly campaign for safer beauty standards.
CEO and Chair of BABTAC & CIBTAC, Lesley Blair MBE says “We wholeheartedly support the government’s decision to consult on this proposed licensing scheme, and have been honoured to work closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to drive it forward to this key moment”
“Aesthetic treatments like filler and botulinum toxin have become increasingly popular in recent years, so introducing a licensing scheme is the imperative next step to ensure that the industry remains reputable and most importantly, safe. By benchmarking the industry standard, those who book in for non-surgical procedures would be able to do so with confidence, knowing that they are receiving the highest level of care from a practitioner that is properly trained and qualified.”
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