Over the last 10 years there has been a significantly high rise in the number and type of non-surgical aesthetic procedures performed in the UK. Many of these procedures come within the remit of ‘Regulators’ but many do not. Many non-medically and medically trained Practitioners are performing treatments that are considered to put patients at risk without the necessary supervision. There has also been a rise in complaints about treatments provided by medically trained Practitioners.
To regulate and provide a clear route of redress for the public an explicit set of competences was required for each procedure with accompanying clinical and practice-based standards. Many premises are not required to be inspected resulting in wide variations in quality and safety.
These omissions have led to Government led enquiries and the establishment of industry based working parties to address these issues.
From these processes have emerged the new Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) to oversee voluntary regulation and the Cosmetic Standards Practice Authority (CPSA) to set evidence-based practice standards.
Driven by Patient / Public Safety
A Code of Ethical Practise
The UK has seen rapid growth in non-surgical procedures and the number of practitioners involved:
No agreed industry wide educational, clinical and practice based standards for non-surgical aesthetics
Diverse education and training market – with minimal links to recognized qualifications and best
No single point of information for the public/patients seeking advice on non-surgical procedures.
Rapid growth of new treatments and procedures.
Marketing and advertising campaigns making confusing claims about treatments, risk and effectiveness.
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