WILL IT WORK?
In a the third in a series of blogs about what The Government is doing in the beauty and aesthetics industry, Pete Richardson takes a look at a new group of MPs brought together to advise on the state of the industry.
A new influential group of MPs has been brought together to advise on how the aesthetics and beauty industry should be regulated.
The new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for beauty, aesthetics and wellbeing, was established in mid-May 2019, and was also welcomed by the Minister foe Health and Social Care, Jackie Doyle-Price and is another small step closer to a new regulatory framework for the industry.
The APPG will recommend on policy decision to the government, although no timeframe has been established.
Two of the members off the group area Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP. As part of their remit they are going to complete an independent enquiry of non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
In a short debate announcing the establishment of the group Judith Cummins pointed out that there is support across the industry for regulation, licensing and training but those must be available to all – including no-medics.
Judith Cummins MP said: “On training and regulation for beauticians—non-medical people who constitute around 50,000 jobs in the UK economy—there is huge appetite and support within the industry for proper and appropriate regulation, and there is recognition of the urgent need for that.
“However, there are no regulated qualifications available for non-medical practitioners for injectables at the moment. Going forward, does the Minister think there will be some kind of progression route for beauticians to go into this kind of industry, so that we can guarantee proper standards for the consumer?”
Minister Jackie Doyle-Price responded that training should be the focus and she looks forward to the recommendations of the group.
Minister Doyle-Price said: “Anyone who establishes themselves in business as a beautician wants to deliver a good service, has pride in what they do and would not want to be accused of doing anything unsafe.
“My first focus of activity is those organisations that train people in these procedures, because I can see a situation in which a beautician will have paid thousands of pounds to go on a course and will then think that they are qualified, but they might not be. That is where we need to bring the focus of regulation in the first instance, so that when somebody proudly displays their certificates, consumers can have some guarantee that they are legitimate.”