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PSA calls on stakeholders to respond to Government consultation on licensing of non-surgical cosmetics

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) is calling on stakeholders to respond to the Government’s consultation on licensing of non-surgical cosmetics which is open until 28 October and has published a briefing outlining the key points it will be raising in its response.

The PSA’s key points include:

  • Support for the introduction of a licensing scheme to ensure that those who choose to undergo a non-surgical cosmetic procedure can be confident that the treatment they receive is safe and of a high standard.
  • The need to ensure that the licensing scheme is simple and transparent to allow the public to easily understand requirements when choosing who to receive non-surgical cosmetic treatments from. 
  • It is important that the licensing scheme fits with existing regulatory mechanisms - the scheme should recognise and complement mechanisms such as the Accredited Registers programme which is already acting to raise standards in the area of non-surgical cosmetics.
  • A call to those seeking non-surgical cosmetic procedures to choose a practitioner on a register accredited under our Accredited Register programme until a licensing scheme is in place. 
  • Encouraging all eligible non-surgical cosmetic practitioners to join an Accredited Register to demonstrate their competence and reduce risk to the public.

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 subject to high standards of competence and are covered by robust complaints processes, helping to ensure that people receiving care are better protected.


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