WE CAN ALL REOPEN

AT LAST all close contact beauty treatments can be carried out again from August 1st. The Prime Minster made the announcement within the last few minutes. He said: “From August 1, we will reopen most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rinks, casinos and we will enable close contact services, beauticians to resume”. More details…

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CHARITY LAUNCHES THE FIRST NATIONAL INSPECTORATE IN INJECTABLES

A new national-first inspectorate for the aesthetics industry is being launched today in the UK. The Association of Cosmetic Practitioners Britain (ACPB) has teamed up with IQ Verify, an established certification body with experience within the field of aesthetic medicine, to provide independent 3rd party auditing services to help increase public safety. The inspectorate will…

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ANOTHER FIRST OF ITS KIND: IQ Verify Level 4 in Skin Rejuvenation Techniques now accepted to join Part B of the JCCP Practitioner Register

Internationally Recognised and UKAS Accredited Level 4 Certification The IQ Verify Level 4 in Skin Rejuvenation Techniques for Aesthetic Practitioners has been developed in alignment with the latest CPSA and JCCP Cosmetic Standards. It is suitable for anyone with a Level 3 Qualification in cosmetic practice/ beauty therapy (or above). Unlike any other framework on…

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ACPB ASSESSING WHAT A NEW ANTI-WRINKLE TOXIN BAN MEANS

In a dramatic new development, The General Pharmaceutical Council has banned pharmacist prescribers from issuing anti-wrinkle toxins to non-medics. The announcement does not affect nurse prescribers or other prescribers like doctors, but means any pharmacist prescribers are not allowed to issue toxins to non-medical professionals, and from May 2020 the same rules will apply to…

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A GREAT ARTICLE TO HELP YOU PROTECT THE PUBLIC – BUT WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU

Pete Richardson explains AN excellent article has just been published in Aesthetics Journal which could help you prevent causing blindness with dermal fillers. But shockingly we are not allowed to share it with you because the medics involved don’t believe you should be practicing in the first place. The article in question gives specific advice…

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ACPB IN THE SUNDAY TIMES

The Association of Cosmetic Practitioners Britain has been mentioned in the Sunday Times in Scotland for its work to help increase public safety and for representing non-medics in the aesthetics industry. Under the rather dramatic headline: “Amateur cosmetic surgery can kill, says Scots doctor, Darren McKeown” the story says patients are at risk from “botched”…

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COSMETIC NURSES ORGANISATION TARGETS NON-MEDICS

The largest professional association for nurses carrying out cosmetic treatments in the UK has updated its code of conduct saying that regulated healthcare professionals should not train or prescribe for “Beauty Therapists/Lay people” in injectable cosmetic treatment such as dermal fillers and Botulinum Toxins. The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation…

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DERMAL FILLERS, MAY 2020 AND THE MHRA

There is still a little confusion over plans for dermal fillers and whether they will be classed as a prescription only medicine. They WILL NOT in the near future. The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) has confirmed that it has no plans to make dermal fillers prescription only. This statement follows a certain…

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IS THE ACPB THE ANSWER?

Pete Richardson looks at a thorny problem for medics – and suggests there may be a simple answer. Social media lit up over the weekend with a debate about how medics should respond to calls for help from non-medics in aesthetics. Dr Tim Pearce raised the issue and posed a range of questions following a…

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BASIC BACK SEAT

The formation of the Beauty Aesthetic Special Interest Committee (BASIC), founded in the wake of the Joint Council For Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) decision not to include non-medics on its aesthetics register, was heralded as a major new development to help safeguard the public and set new standards in the beauty and aesthetics industry. But its…

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NON-MEDIC AESTHETIC EXHIBITION CANCELLED

An exhibition focusing on non-medics in aesthetics in Manchester has been cancelled. Refunds are said to being organised for those who had booked stands and bought tickets for the event which should have been held on September 18 at the Hilton. In a statement on the NMA Exhibition’s Facebook page, event organiser Callum Boardman said…

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CELEBRITY ADS BANNED

Once again, the aesthetics industry is under the microscope for some of the advertising using celebrities. Advertising watchdog The Advertising Standards Authority has banned Instagram ads run by two beauty companies for claiming their procedures could make customers look like Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner American reality TV family. Beauty salons AKJ…

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NEW HYAPEN INSURANCE DETAILS

The ACPB has been informed by one insurance company of new requirements for practitioners who use the HYAPEN treatment. Previously Hypen treatments, a non-invasive method of administration dermal filler, mesotherapy, biorevitalization & fat dissolve were open for insurance without any prerequisite qualifications or experience. Today (Tuesday September 24, 2019) ACPB has been informed that is…

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LEADING SPECIALIST AESTHETIC DOCTOR SUPPORTS TRAINING NON-MEDICS

One of London’s leading aesthetic practitioners, Dr Michael Aicken, has very publicly supported training beauty therapists and other non-medical professionals in aesthetic injectables. Dr Aicken, who has worked with the ACPB to offer members access to his privately-owned booking and recording system, is the lead trainer for educational provider Visage Academy in London, Belfast, Dublin…

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Insurance Claim Tips

Insurance is there to protect our businesses. We all hope we never have to claim but what if we do? One of the most important requirements of your any policy is to notify the insurance company of any allegation of negligence, or any incident from which a future claim may arise. Here are 5 steps…

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CPD – Some questions answered

There has been a little confusion about why there are different CPD organisations each charging different amounts for training centres to offer their accreditation. So, Pete Richardson asked a spokesperson for the CPD Research Group what’s going on. Note – The CPD Standards Office evolved from the work of the CPD Research Group. PR: Is…

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ACPB Looking for New Prescribers

The Association of Cosmetic Practitioners Britain (ACPB) is on the look out for some more prescribers. Recently granted charity status, the ACPB is committed to raising and maintaining standards in the aesthetics industry in the UK with a focus on non-medics. With members across the country it not only helps and supports its members, but…

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WARNING OVER MICRONEEDLING PENS

The Government’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) had issued a warning about the use of a Microneedling pen – warning of possible injury or infection from them. For information, the pens in question are Dermapen 3 and Dermapen Cryo Sterile single use needle cartridge tips for: Dermapen 3. They are manufactured by Equipmed…

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A NEW CHARITY FOR NON-MEDICS AND THE MEDICS REACTION

Pete Richardson helped The Association of Cosmetic Practitioners Britain become a charity. Here he ponders the initial reaction to that news from medics in aesthetics. It’s headline news in the August edition of Aesthetics, the monthly journal for aesthetic medical professionals. In-fact it’s the top story on their newsletter: THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES IN AESTHETICS……

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No More Azzalure

There is no more Azzalure at Wigmore Medical. They have issued a statement following a statement by manufacturers Galderma being quoted as saying that “product is readily available from usual stockists”. To which Wigmore have responded as follows: “Contrary to Galderma’s public statement, Wigmore Medical is not presently in a position to be able to…

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Dermal Fillers, May 2020 and the MHRA

There is still a little confusion over plans for dermal fillers and whether they will be classed as a prescription only medicine. They WILL NOT in the near future. The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) has confirmed that it has no plans to make dermal fillers prescription only. This statement follows a certain…

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New Charity for Non-medics in Aesthetics

A NEW charity has been approved by the Charities Commission to help support non-medics in the aesthetics industry and promote public safety. The Association of Cosmetic Practitioners Britain’s stated objectives are: “To promote the health, safety and protection of the general public in the United Kingdom through the development of the highest standards of practice…

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PDO TREADS AND INSURANCE (SOME IMPORTANT NEW NEWS)

The ACPB has today been informed that some insurers will no longer insure practitioners practicing PDO Threads unless they are CQC registered or work in a CQC registered clinic. This is quite dramatic news and could send shockwaves around the aesthetics world. We have been told that underwriters Axis and Beazley now require practitioners practicing…

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JCCP annual report

JCCP ANNUAL REPORT – IS IT WORKING? The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners has had an interesting year. As we know it was established to be the “self-regulator of the non-surgical aesthetic industry in England and the point of access for the public seeking information about this area of practice and where appropriate for raising…

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Confusion over topical anaesthetics for microneedling

TOPICAL ANAESTHETIC CONFUSION Confusion is rife as local authorities seem to be making up the rules as they go along with regard to topical anaesthetics for microneedling procedures. And it is having a real impact on the business for salons with some therapists abandoning microneedling treatments despite being completely within their rights to perform them.…

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Banning injectables for under 18s

SHOULD WE BAN INJECTABLES FOR UNDER 18s? Is it really Love Island’s fault? Many health “experts” are calling for a ban on injectables for under 18s in light of TV programmes like Love Island. The demographic of the fans of reality TV shows like Love Island are believed to be encouraging a new generation of…

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A WELCOME FOR NEW GUIDELINES – BUT LET’S DO MORE!!

Cosmetic Couture welcomes new guidelines issued by the Government this week about aesthetic procedures and what to do before you have them. The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) cosmetic procedures campaign aims “to ensure everyone has the right information about cosmetic procedure safety” with the hashtag #clueduponcosmeticprocedures. However, in order to ensure better…

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Government indicates support for vocational training to level 7

The latest edition of Professional Beauty magazine has a major story which it may have slightly under-played. Under the headline: “Government pledges support for therapists in aesthetics” it reports that: “The Government has pledged to work with beauty industry representatives to move towards the development of accredited pathways for therapists working in aesthetics”. GREAT NEWS….…

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IQ VERIFY: ISO STANDARDS IN AESTHETIC TRAINING – WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT

Laurie Clarke, Aesthetic Sector Lead at IQ Group explains the value of international certification for aesthetic practitioners Over recent months, you may have come across several articles referencing ISO Standards and aesthetic training. It is likely that these articles included strings of numbers, such as 17065 and 17024, and claims that these somehow represent the…

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Different name, same great Dermal Filler

The dermal filler brand previously known as Princess has been rebranded as saypha®. The announcement was made by the Austrian manufacturer Croma and soon we will see saypha® replacing Princess packaging. But the product remains the same. This is the official announcement: “The previous HA filler brand “Princess®” is replaced by the brand “saypha®” in…

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JCCP Press Release

Issued 26th November 2018. A NEW committee of key people in the beauty industry is going back to basics, developing guidance and support to ensure there is an accessible, regulated progression pathway for Beauty Therapists into Aesthetics. The Beauty Aesthetic Special Interest Committee (BASIC) is calling for changes and recognition for beauty therapists completing aesthetic…

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