British Beauty Council advise on aesthetics legislation

The British Beauty Council is set to issue information to help inform the industry and consumers on the future licensing around aesthetics treatments in our industry.

Aesthetics regulation is expected to be covered by the Health and Care Act 2022, which received royal assent in April, giving the Government powers to bring forward a licensing scheme for beauty practitioners who operate in England. This will be introduced via secondary legislation and, once in force, will make it an offence to perform certain procedures without a license. 

The British Beauty Council is working alongside the Joint Council for Cosmetics Practitioners (JCCP) and others to assist in the Government in drafting this legislation. 

The Council's tools, available on their website, aims to equip practitioners and consumers with information on best practice will include webinars, Q&As and top tips.

Commenting, British Beauty Council COO, Helena Grzesk MBE, says:

“Alongside trade bodies from across the beauty and aesthetics industry, we have come together to inform people working across the sector and the general public on forthcoming legislation to better regulate those offering non-surgical cosmetic procedures, also known as aesthetic procedures.”

Victoria Brownlie, Chief Policy Officer at the British Beauty Council, adds:

“As an industry worth billions (last valued at £3.6 billion in 2015 and growing year on year) it is important to ensure those choosing treatments can do so safely and with confidence. The legislation is being introduced to reduce the risk of harm to the public caused by badly performed non-surgical cosmetic procedures and ensure a level playing field on standards of practice. 

“However, a lot of misinformation has been bandied about around what will and won't be included in the license. The pure fact is that there is still much to be decided. But what we do know, we have outlined in the webinar and Q&As and will of course continue to update as we continue our work with Government on this.”  

The Scottish Government recently announced its intention to update its laws around non-surgical cosmetic procedures too.

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