BACN Statement concerning new charity launch for non-medics

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Cosmetic medical treatments are invasive, can cause injury and are not comparable to Beauty Salon treatments which hold no, or little, health risk to the public.

The BACN have always maintained that the higher level non-surgical medical cosmetic treatments involving fillers and other injectables should only be carried out by appropriately trained medical practitioners where there are clear routes for redress for the public via the approved regulators (GMC, NMC, GDC). We question the validity of any organisation such as The ACPB, whether it be a charitable body or not, which has been set up on behalf of non medical therapists and which purport to advise and protect the public who are looking to undergo a cosmetic medical treatment. 

Following the Keough report Health Education England (HEE) was tasked by Dept Health to develop guidance in relation to cosmetic practice.The published guidance did not permit non medical personnel ( Beauty Therapists ) to carry out injectable cosmetic treatments and included a required Level 7 ( Masters level) of education in aesthetic practice, alongside the ability to prescribe medicines.  The HEE  guidance is now owned by the voluntary cosmetic register Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and their standards have been written which augment and reflect this guidance.  Save Face have also developed similar standards and both sets are evidenced and have been developed by a wide group of qualified, professional stakeholders. The British Standards Institute (BSI) have a published set of Cosmetic standards rigorously developed by an international committee of qualified professionals which also rule out non medical, unregulated personnel in delivering cosmetic injectable treatments.

Registered medical professionals ( Nurses, Doctors, Dentists) train for years in general medicine firstly as a minimum,  and develop a  wide range of skillsets and competencies which enables them to then train further in a specialist area of interest. They are accountable to a legislative body and must demonstrate competence on every level in accordance with the legal standard set out by their regulator.

The public are able to seek redress for any complaint about a regulated practitioner  by referring the complaint to the regulatory body who will then enact their Fitness to Practice procedures. There is no redress available  if the treatment was carried out by a non regulated medical practitioner like a beautician.

A charity must be able to demonstrate  that its activities result in a direct public benefit.

Having charitable status does not give any kudos or enable it’s unregulated cosmetic practitioners to reassure or give confidence to the general public that they are adequately educated and able to deliver accountable,  competent, controlled and  safe appropriate treatments.

Sharon Bennett
BACN Chair

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