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Setting the record straight : the next steps for licensing in England's aesthetics sector

02 May 2023
Volume 12 · Issue 4


In a continuous effort to ensure adequate licensing of aesthetic practice in England, the JCCP reports their communications with the Government and comments on what should be expected in the future

During the past few months, the rumour network has been actively disseminating opinion and speculation on whether the Westminster Government remains intent on implementing a robust system of licensing for the aesthetic sector in England. A range of webinars and online discussions have added to the formulation of a range of unsubstantiated speculative comments on this matter.

The JCCP has been actively following these debates and discussion groups, but remains firmly committed to the adoption of an evidence-based approach to inform its own opinions and communication strategy. The JCCP wrote to the Secretary of State, Steve Barclay, in October 2022, advising that the enactment of a new licencing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England was required to protect members of the public from receiving harmful procedures. This is crucial, as when performed badly, procedures can cause infection, allergic reactions, disfigurement, psycho-emotional trauma, as well as the need for hospitalisation and corrective treatment. In our letter, we sought ‘assurance that the significant progress that has been made by the Government on this matter will continue at pace’ under governmental leadership and highlighted ‘four key areas of focus that we believe the Government should now action as a priority:

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