Wales proposes mandatory register for needle-based treatments

Salons in Wales that perform needle-based treatments such as semi-permanent make-up and electrolysis could soon be required to join a mandatory register in order to practice legally.

While a mandatory register of cosmetic injectors was rejected by UK Government following the recent Keogh review, the Welsh Government has now outlined plans for a National Special Procedures Register in Wales.

The register was proposed in a Public Health White Paper published this month, which said practitioners and businesses would “need to meet specified standards to obtain registration and then practice to specified standards to maintain this registration”.

This would include hygiene and safety standards as well as the requirement for standardised pre and post treatment consultations and client records.

The register would cover five core areas: cosmetic piercing; tattooing; semi-permanent make-up; acupuncture and electrolysis.

Currently in Wales, local authorities are responsible for the regulation and control of businesses carrying out these procedures. However, some local authorities choose not to keep registers and those that do are limited to monitoring health and safety, rather than the skills of individual practitioners.

The Government is now inviting feedback on the proposed national register before June 24. Both the White Paper and the consultation response form can be found on its website.