Pete Richardson looks at the proliferation of associations and groups in the aesthetics industry and asks: Who is Really There to Help?
Over recent months numerous groups, associations and Facebook groups seem to have sprung up offering help and advice to aesthetic practitioners and those looking at aesthetics as a career.
There’s the Aesthetic Support for Non-Medics, The Aesthetic Forum for Non-Medics UK, The United Aesthetics Association, the Aesthetics & Beauty Forum etc etc etc.
But how much help and advice are they giving and can that information be trusted?
As the national debate rages on and on about the rights and wrongs of non-medics being able to do this that and the other – it is vital that the information available is accurate and helpful.
We live in an age where misinformation and fake news are as newsworthy as the news itself!
And fake news and misinformation is not limited to US Presidents, Russian spies or the influencing of elections.
In the world of aesthetics, because there is very little regulation, the scope for misinformation is rife.
Just this weekend I read that “insurance companies are pulling out of working with non-medics”. It takes some research to fact-check that this is simply not true.
We are inundated with people believing they have certain of qualification when the reality is they cannot possibly have the qualifications they have been sold.
Confusion reigns about education pathways and legal requirements.
And it is because it takes time to research and fact-check news you may see on a Facebook group or on an Instagram post that people should turn to reputable representative organisations to find out the FACTS.
But who exists for the non-medic?
It’s easy to see who is not.
Save Face registers only certified medical professionals – and campaigns for changes in the law to ban non-medics from injectable procedures. So, it has a well-known agenda which is clear to see. It simply does not want non-medics practising injectables procedures.
The JCCP was established to create a national register but excluded non-medics from its highest levels of approval.
So, who can you turn to represent you and your worries and concerns?
The Association of Cosmetic Practitioners Britain was established in June 2014 as a not-for profit organisation (Check with Companies House – which is worth doing for any organisations you want to verify!) to help non-medics (and medics who require assistance) with help, advice, continual professional development, and industry updates. It is the longest-established organisation of its kind in the UK.
It represents hundreds of practitioners and its website (for which this news is intended) is there to help the general public and practitioners keep up to date with industry news. It sets professional standards and has a code of conduct and encourages public reporting of any incidents of bad practice or breach of standards.
The ACPB openly represents non-medics and its news attempts to debunk any scaremongering or fake news.
In a world where the powerful medical profession backs organisations like Save Face and the JCCP it is important that perfectly legal and professional practitioners who are non-medics have a voice and an organisation which will fight for their rights.
The ACPB has been working hard behind the scenes over the past year to bring you some exciting news about the future about how it represents its members and helps protect the public.
The organisation believes future developments it is undertaking will help the industry and any future implications of regulatory action for beauty therapists.
If there are other organisations that really help you, let the ACPB know so they can talk to them and see if there is scope to work together.