The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) Surgical Specialty Interest Group has welcomed the introduction of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) register of practitioners qualified to undertake aesthetic treatments, but says it is disappointed that it is only voluntary.
Caroline Mills, BAOMS Lead on Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said: “The register is a good first step in the potential regulation of non-surgical cosmetic interventions. But, it is disappointing that the register is only voluntary at this time. The JCCP and the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) must be congratulated on the hard work that they have done so far to bring so many different bodies together and we look forward this work progressing and mandatory introduction of the register in due course.
“However, patients should also still be aware that the regulations allow non-medical staff to give non-surgical injectable treatments such as botox, which is disappointing.”
The voluntary register of practitioners qualified to undertake aesthetic treatments, together with a register of education and training providers will come into force from March 2018. The JCCP and CPSA will work together to enforce the regulations. The JCCP will oversee registers of practitioners and training organisations, police standards, while the CPSA will set standards of competence for practitioners and training organisations.