The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) is very concerned about the ongoing, unmanaged risks arising from non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox and fillers. Until the Government’s proposed new licensing system is in place, people using these treatments face a greater risk of harm.
Last August, the Health and Social Care Committee called for a licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures to be introduced within a year. We welcomed the UK Government’s pledge to introduce a scheme and their current work to develop it, following amendment to the Health and Care Act in 2022 to give the Health Secretary powers to bring in a licensing scheme in England.
We remain concerned about patient safety while this process is underway and would like to see the scheme developed as soon as possible. Ahead of the introduction of a licensing scheme we:
- we urge those getting services such as Botox and fillers to choose a practitioner on an Accredited Register. We have checked that registers meet our standards and awarded them our quality mark
- encourage all eligible non-surgical cosmetic practitioners to join an Accredited Register to demonstrate their competence and reduce risk to the public
- encourage everyone to respond to the Department for Health and Social Care consultation on a licensing scheme when it is published this summer.
Alan Clamp, Chief Executive said,
‘Some people having non-surgical cosmetic treatments are experiencing harm at the hands of poorly trained or unscrupulous practitioners. We know the Government is working on a new licensing scheme and would like to see this introduced as soon as possible. In the meantime, we want people to make sure they know who is treating them and the best way to do that is to choose someone on an Accredited Register.’
The PSA has accredited two registers for non-surgical cosmetic practitioners Save Face and the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practice (JCCP). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and employers that practitioners are competent and that services are underpinned by robust complaints processes.
Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
Notes to the Editor
- The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees 10 statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
- We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
- We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
- We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
- We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
- Our values are – integrity, transparency, respect, fairness and teamwork – and we strive to ensure that they are at the core of our work.
- More information about our work and the approach we take is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk
- If you are considering getting a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, for example - lip fillers, watch our short video on tips for making sure you receive safer treatment.