Introduction: Why Establish The JCCP?

JCCP has been established to deal with the many problems associated with risks attached to non-surgical anti-aging treatments and hair restoration surgery sought by the general public.
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Fillers
  • Skin peels
  • Lasers
  • Hair restoration surgery
Key Problems
  • Lack of regulation of practitioners
  • Lack of independent information and advice for the public and practitioners.
  • Misrepresentation of the benefits of treatment
  • Sub-standard training of practitioners
  • Lack of accountability if things go wrong
  • Implementation of unwarranted variations in core treatment standards

The JCCP has been established to deal with these issues by raising awareness amongst the public of the risks involved when undergoing treatments and by registering practitioners and approved education/training providers.


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    Raising A Concern

    If you are concerned about the actions of practitioner who is registered with the JCCP you can contact us and raise the matter in confidence.

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    We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to assist you with common questions asked about the JCCP.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Detailed research on the provision of education and training programmes has identified the existence of a wide range of education/training providers:

  • Universities
  • Colleges of Further Education
  • Private Training Providers
  • Individual trainers

Many of these providers are formally recognised and go through appropriate assessment processes whether they be a University, College of Further Education or a private training provider recognised by an approved OFQUAL awarding body. Many others operate independently. Providers offer recognised university and vocational qualifications but there is also a huge market for short practice-based courses and programmes.

The JCCP believes that it is important for practitioners to know when deciding on which education/training programme to enrol the status of that provider, the qualifications on offer and how they meet and reflect the JCCP/CPSA standards. To do this the JCCP is establishing a ‘Register of Approved Education and Training Providers’.

Providers who are not Universities, will be required to be approved by : -

  1. Regulated Awarding Organisation and offer a regulated qualification to the standards required of the JCCP for the modality concerned;
  2. Certification Body approved by UKAS to ISO17024, offering certification to the standards required of the JCCP for the modality concerned.

Approved Qualifications:

  • Those offered by a University or College of Further Education.
  • Ofqual approved qualifications in England.
  • Ofqual equivalents in Scotland, Wales and NI.


The entry requirements and processes for joining the JCCP Education and Training Provider Register are set out below:

  • The process for joining the register is the same for all Education and Training Providers.

  • Registrants will need to complete a detailed electronic application, provide evidence and sign a ‘Self Declaration’ statement.

  • JCCP Assessors will review each application and will give feedback to the applicant prior to an ‘Assessment Visit’.

  • The JCCP is looking at establishing minimum joining requirements but a variation in process/evaluation dependent on the status and size of an ‘Education and Training Provider’.


The JCCP has established an inaugural Board of Trustees under the Chairmanship of Professor David Sines, CBE. Professor Sines chaired the HEE stakeholder consultation process following the Keogh Review and has acted as the Interim Chair of the JCCP Development Project since January 2016. Professor Mary Lovegrove OBE has been appointed as Chair of the JCCP Practitioner Register Committee and Associate Professor Anne McNall, Chairs the JCCP Education and Training Committee. All three are Trustees for JCCP Limited. This organisation has now been formally constituted following legal consultation on due process. These Company has been registered at Companies House.

A full structure of JCCP Committees and membership can be found at here.

The Articles of Association of the JCCP have been agreed by the Board of Trustees and submitted to Companies House:

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The JCCP has established three standing committees to manage its ‘day to day’ business and to transact its formal governance and oversight requirements:

Practitioner Register Committee

Education and Training Committee

Policy, Finance and IT Sub Committee

A full structure of JCCP Committees and membership can be found here.

The objects of the JCCP has been logged at Companies House and are as follows:


The JCCP’s objects are to promote the health and safety of, and protection of the public by the development and promotion of high standards of practice among non-surgical cosmetic practitioners and hair restoration surgeons, including by (but not limited to):

  • defining, creating and maintaining an effective structure to inform the standard of professional education and training amongst non-surgical cosmetic practitioners and hair restoration surgeons, including maintaining a register of approved education and training providers;
  • working with professional regulated statutory bodies who are engaged with non-surgical cosmetic practice to agree appropriate processes for joint working with regard to fitness to practice and Registrant conduct, informed by the standards of practice proficiency and safe practice set down by the JCCP;  
  • advancing the study and practice of non-surgical cosmetic interventions to inform and promote safe and effective practice standards for the public;
  • advancing the education of the public and promoting research for the public benefit in the field of non-surgical cosmetic and hair restoration treatments;
  • providing knowledge and advice to stakeholder bodies and organisations responsible for developing and maintaining clinical and practice-based standards for non-surgical treatments to ensure public safety;
  • regulation through the maintenance a voluntary register of persons who are fit to practice as non-surgical cosmetic practitioners and hair restoration surgeons, having met prescribed criteria and continuing professional development requirements (Registrants); and
  • publishing, operating and implementing a code of practice for Registrants in the interests of public protection.

In these Articles, charitable means charitable in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom provided that it will not include any purpose that is not charitable in accordance with section 7 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and/or section 2 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.

The JCCP has been established in order to provide a source of information and guidance for patients/members of the public seeking safe practice in the area of non-surgical cosmetic treatments and hair restoration surgery. Its agreed Mission Statement and Values are set out below

Mission Statement of the JCCP

The Mission Statement for the JCCP and its values are set out below:

‘The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) are recognised self-regulators of the non-surgical aesthetic industry in the United Kingdom and the point of access for the public seeking information about this area of practice and where appropriate for raising concerns about practitioners. The JCCP places public protection and patient safety as the focus of its activities.

JCCP Practitioner Registrants and associated Education and Training Providers will be accredited and endorsed by the JCCP as meeting the highest standards of quality by ensuring that all parties who have been admitted to the JCCP’s Registers have met the agreed industry qualifications, benchmarks and abide by the standards of practice and behaviour as determined by the Cosmetic Industry CPSA and the JCCP’.

Values of the JCCP

  • Upholding Patient Safety and Public Confidence as the core driving force of the JCCP
  • Operating its Register of Practitioners and Education and Training Providers within a strict and agreed Code of Practice that embodies robust ethical standards to providing aesthetic treatments.
  • Openness, fairness and independence.
  • Working in partnership with patients and all key stakeholders in the aesthetic industry.
  • Recognising innovation and best evidenced-based practice and responding to change

Protecting the Public

  • Applying strict standards for entry to the JCCP Register and for continued registration.
  • Approving education and training providers that deliver programmes that meet the standards.
  • Maintaining a register of individuals who successfully complete those programmes and accreditation procedures.
  • Taking action if the standards may not have been met.
  • Establishing clear and simple procedures to enable the public to raise issues of concern about the professional practice of registrants.
  • Providing simple and easily accessible information to the public considering non-surgical aesthetic treatments.

The JCCP will be undertaking a range of activities to raise awareness and to provide information to the public about how to identify ‘safe practice’. The main areas of activity will be as follows:

  • The establishment of a ‘Practitioner Register’ of professionals qualified and assessed to carry out non-surgical procedures against an agreed set of standards and qualifications.
  • The establishment of a ‘Register of Approved Education and Training Providers’ who meet the JCCP agreed standards for the provision of education and training.
  • The development of an ‘Information web-based portal’ that the public can access that will identify every JCCP registered practitioner and the modality and level at which they have been accredited to practice.
  • Through a range of ethically determined conventional and social media platforms.

The JCCP Practitioner Register is a voluntary register open to all practitioners working in the fields of non-surgical treatments (who are practising at and beyond Level Four as defined in the HEE Non-Surgical Cosmetic Interventions and Hair Restoration Surgery Education and Training Framework) and who meet the JCCP’s standards and criteria for admission to the Register. As the Register’s aims are to provide guidance to the public the JCCP has applied to the ‘Professional Standards Authority’ – the Governments Regulator of public sector healthcare-related registers in the healthcare sector – for accreditation of its practitioner Register.

The JCCP Practitioner Register is divided into two parts:

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The JCCP has developed a set of entry requirements (in conjunction with many leading experts in the non-surgical sector) for persons wishing to join the Register which are linked to an agreed set of educational, clinical and practice-based standards set by the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA).

The CPSA is a sister body to the JCCP but completely independent. It is made up of clinical and aesthetic experts who are charged with independently setting a framework of clinical and practice-based standards linked to the educational and qualifications framework produced by Health Education England (HEE):

The CPSA has used the framework developed by HEE to set clinical and practice standards across 5 modalities of non-surgical treatments that are currently recognised by the JCCP and the CPSA:

  • Toxins
  • Fillers
  • Peels
  • Lasers
  • Hair Restoration Surgery

The CPSA has also been charged with the responsibility to review any new treatments that emerge in the market place (Orphan Treatments) and in collecting data on ‘adverse incidents and complications’ occurring in the area of non-surgical treatments.

For more information on the CPSA and standards go to:

In the UK recognized qualifications can be developed, offered and awarded by the following bodies:

  • Approved Universities and Colleges of Further Education via their own agreed processes
  • Training providers recognised by Ofqual (or other approved Government Regulators in other parts of the UK) approved ‘Awarding Organisations’.

Organisations approved by the United Kingdom Accreditations Service to ISO17024 to offer assessment and certification of competent persons’ schemes.

Vocational qualifications in England are offered at Levels 1 – 7. These levels then equate to qualifications offered by Universities e.g. Level 5 equates to degree level; Level 7 equates to evidence of study at Master’s level. OFQUAL is the regulator of qualifications in England and receives proposals from Awarding Bodies such as City & Guilds and Industry Qualifications (IQ) to offer a qualification. Ofqual determines if the submission meets strict standards and reflects the level of the award. Equivalent regulators operate within the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all of whom will be recognised by the JCCP as legitimate partners.

Following the publication of the Health Education England (HEE) framework of educational qualifications and levels for non-surgical treatments it has been possible to identify which treatments are offered at which levels and the competencies involved.

A number of parties have adopted the principles contained within the HEE framework and developed a L7 qualification and a L7 programme. There are only a few providers who can offer the approved and recognized L7 qualification that correlate with the standards set down within the HEE Framework. Such providers will be required by the JCCP to have been approved to do so by a UK University or by a recognised Ofqual approved Awarding Organisation (or equivalent devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) or are recognised as organisations that are approved by the United Kingdom Accreditations Service to ISO17024 to offer assessment and certification of competent persons’ schemes. The JCCP is also seeking to extend this list to other accreditation bodies.

The list of regulated Awarding Organisations can be found at and a search on Aesthetic will show those qualifications at level 7, along with others at lower levels.

The JCCP recognises qualifications offered at L7 that have been provided and endorsed:

  • Through a University, a college or training provider approved by an Awarding Organisation accredited by Ofqual (or by equivalent devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) to offer regulated qualification(s) that meet the requirements of the JCCP for the modality concerned;
  • A Certification Body approved by UKAS to ISO17024, offering certification(s) that meet the requirements of the JCCP for the modality concerned. However, this pathway will not be available until autumn 2017.

However, the JCCP believes that many of these qualifications and programmes need to be amended to bring them into line with the approved JCCP/CPSA framework of education, clinical and practice standards. Although there are a limited number of L7 qualifications offered currently via Ofqual (or equivalent devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) approved Awarding Organizations, there are many which are not. If a candidate presents evidence in support of membership to the JCCP that relates to a non-recognised L7 qualification, then the JCCP will review the content and practice levels required to be met against the JCCP/CPSA education, clinical and standards framework.  Presenting a non-recognised L7 qualification will not be sufficient to gain full membership of the Council.

The HEE report also adopted a number of other key principles with regard to education and training provision that will be embodied in the JCCP entry requirements for Education and Training providers and they are as follows:

  • That persons seeking to gain qualifications in the aesthetic sector should follow clear rules about progression and that these should be embodied into entry requirements for those programmes. In particular, a candidate must be able to demonstrate competence and proficiency at one level before proceeding to the next level e.g. to enter a level 4 programme you must be able to show you have achieved L3, the same for a L7 programme you must show that you have already achieved or have the capacity to operate at L6.
  • The concepts of the ‘Recognition of Prior Learning - RPL’ and the ‘Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning – APEL’  demonstrate competence and proficiency. This in particular applies to experienced aesthetic practitioners who have operated for many years but without the context of a recognized set of standards or qualifications. The JCCP will be seeking to establish a list of approved RPL/APEL providers who can carry out this process for existing practitioners.

The JCCP is working with manufacturers and product companies who provide extensive training to practitioners to consider how their training can be incorporated into recognized programmes, qualifications and for CPPD programmes. The case for accreditation of the same is also being considered by the JCCP.

The JCCP has established procedures to deal with two types of complaint from a member of the public:

General Complaint

This would be about the operations of the JCCP or a service type complaint in relation to a registrant

Please go to the following section that sets out the JCCP Complaints procedures:

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Fitness to Practice Complaint

If you have a complaint about treatment received from a JCCP Registrant then this will be dealt with under the JCCP Fitness to Practice procedures:

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Yes the JCCP has agreed very specific supervisory arrangements with its sister body the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA). The CPSA has set out who is able to do what type at treatment at what level with and without supervision.

  • Check their contact details against the JCCP REgister –


  • Ask them for their Certificate of membership and look for the Charter Mark

You can either send us the complaint or go directly to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Please see:

  • JCCP/ASA memorandum of Understanding (coming soon)
  • ASA Guidelines on advertising and cosmetic interventions (coming soon)

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