Babtac responds to review of cosmetics qualifications

Industry association Babtac has welcomed the recommendations for further training outlined in the recently published Government-commissioned review of qualifications required for advanced treatments.

Babtac chair Carolyne Cross, who was represented Babtac in the Keogh Review, said, “From the very beginning we have advocated the need to establish agreed benchmarks which span professions and put consumer safety at the forefront of the cosmetic interventions industry.”

The review, which was published earlier this month and Professional Beauty reported on in August before its general release, was carried out by Health Education England on behalf of the Government.

It recommends further training requirements for those carrying out non-surgical treatments, including chemical peels and microneedling, as well as injectables and laser treatments.

The report recommends a minimum level-four training requirement (equivalent to year one of a foundation degree) for all advanced treatments, with some more medical services such as Botox and dermal fillers requiring additional training. This could mean that the therapists already offering laser treatments, chemical peels or micro-needling would need to undergo further assessment to bring them in line with new qualification standards.

Cross said, “There will be changes for the industry, and beauty therapists will need to rise up and meet them, but it’ll ultimately protect the consumer and safeguard future livelihoods.”

This report is the first phase of HEE’s review into training and qualification requirements, and outlines topics that each level of qualification would entail.

However, the Government has no plans to make such qualifications a mandatory requirement for those offering advanced treatments. HEE told Professional Beauty back in July that these training requirements would likely be overseen by “a voluntary regulatory body”.