The forum for aesthetics education

02 September 2019
Volume 8 · Issue 7


The largest professional association for aesthetic nurses in the UK, the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses is an invaluable group that promotes top-class standards in aesthetic care

The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) is the largest professional association for nurses carrying out cosmetic treatments in the UK. It operates under a strict code of conduct to provide services and support to all of its members, and to promote and support patient safety in the area of non-surgical aesthetic treatments.

BACN's history goes back 1998, when a small group of nurses came together to create first-class standards in aesthetic sector. In 2000, they approached the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) for support, guidance and networking opportunities in the field of aesthetic medicine, and, in 2004, they gained forum status. Following reorganisation at the RCN, BACN was established as a separate organisation in 2010. The Association is a not-for-profit organisation seeking charitable status, and has an elected board and regional group leaders. Many of those involved in setting it up remain involved in the Association today or are still very active in the aesthetic arena, supporting the BACN while no longer being board members.

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