Non-Surgical Cosmetic Interventions and Hair Restoration Surgery Programme
In December, a number of my director colleagues at SkinViva attended the Health Education England stakeholder summit in London to listen to the latest thinking about the introduction of qualifications and possible regulation for providers of non-surgical treatments (including the injectable treatments dermal fillers and botox).
As any changes will impact many of us who provide these treatments I thought it would be useful to provide a summary of the current proposals. It’s certainly an interesting time to be in the market as we strive to ensure that clients are better protected however it’s important to note that so far there are no concrete plans or timelines
What’s the purpose of the Health Education England programme of work?
- To submit a set of recommendations to Department of Health (DoH) with the ultimate aim of establishing a training framework and set of qualifications which treatment providers should have gained and which training providers should teach, in order to carry out non-surgical cosmetic interventions.
- There are no plans for statutory regulation of the market and so mechanisms of self-regulation are envisaged e.g. role of insurers, potential accredited register (not statutory register), joint council/body.
What’s been achieved so far?
- Produced the Phase 1 report ‘Review of qualifications required for delivery of non-surgical cosmetic interventions’ – September 2014. This included a high-level training and education framework.
- Two stakeholder summits have been held. One May 2014 and one December 2014 to invite stakeholders to contribute.
- A virtual network of 200 stakeholders has been established across industry, government and the public sector who have been contributing with views, materials, and responding to a call for evidence.
What’s the latest thinking?
- Botox and dermal fillers will both fully sit within “Level 7″ which is the highest level and is equivalent of post-graduate.
- Discussion has started around options for accreditation for training providers within this as a self-regulatory model.
- No plans for introducing any academic qualifications as part of the training framework.
- This is NOT a statutory regulation model and there is no plan to have any mandatory register of treatment/training providers.
- Some expert views have suggested increased collaboration between Higher Education Institutions and industry
- No exclusion planned for any current providers of treatment or providers of training.
- There will be a transitional rollout which will see the need for all providers to conform to the criteria at levels appropriate to their experience and academic qualification
- Beauty therapists theoretically could do these treatments but would need to attain what is a post-graduate level of qualification. Once at this level they would still need to work under the supervision of an independent prescriber.
- Dermal fillers are unlikely to be made prescription only as they don’t fit within the Human Medicines Regulations which govern prescription-only medicines.
- Dermal fillers are expected to become medical devices and there’s consideration of some new regulation around this.
- There has been talks of an indicative expectation that at least 50% of any course should be dedicated to practical experience.
Discussions are ongoing, but it seems certain that the market will change.
You will find updates on our websites:
Dr Tim Pearce, MBChB BSc (hons) MRCGP