As a business within the beauty, cosmetics and aesthetic industry you will be all too aware of the highly competitive market for non-surgical cosmetic procedures, specifically dermal fillers, botulinum toxins (botox), or similar anti-wrinkle injectables.
From start-up independent practitioners to established beauty salons, beauty clinics and even dentist surgeries expanding into this field, competition from both qualified and unqualified practitioners has never been higher. This rapid rise has been achievable through easy access to undertake qualifications to perform such non-surgical procedures. It is with this that the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Beauty, Aesthetics & Well-being has launched an inquiry into the regulation of this growing industry.
This much-needed inquiry by the APPG investigated the standards for undertaking non-surgical procedures and investigate how the promotion of such high-risk treatment services could be positively improved. A key consideration was to provide support to the beauty and aesthetics industry as well as address safety protection for the public.
To date, the APPG has reviewed the current law and the robustness of the current regulations and legislation in a bid to identify best practices. The ultimate aim is to create a national standard, which all authorities should adopt.
There were 17 recommendations for Government to plug this regulatory gap, including:
- Setting national minimum standards for practitioner training;
- Mandate practitioners hold a regulated qualification in line with national standards;
- Legislate to introduce a national licensing framework;
- Make fillers prescription only;
- Develop and mandate psychological pre-screening of customers;
- Extend the ban on U18s receiving botox and fillers to other invasive aesthetic treatments;
- Place advertising restrictions on dermal fillers and other invasive aesthetic treatments;
- Require social media platforms to do more to curb misleading ads and posts promoting these treatments.
These recommendations are based on evidence given in public inquiry sessions and written submissions from a wide range of stakeholders including trade associations, aesthetics industry operators, trainers, practitioners, health bodies, regulatory agencies and consumers themselves.
At SJL Insurance Services we understand many non-surgical cosmetic procedures can be high-risk and we support the goal of protecting the public.
We also look to support aesthetics, beauty & cosmetic practitioners by using our wealth of experience, to help them protect themselves and their clients against the risks that can occur.