Editor's comment: how should we regulate professional treatments?

The question of who should and shouldn't be carrying out certain professional treatments is once again under the spotlight, as the JCCP removes therapists from its registers for injectables, and dermatologists warn of a rise in skin allergies caused by irresponsible application of nail enhancements.

Whatever your position on non-medics being allowed to inject dermal fillers, the decision by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Procedures (JCCP) has been met with surprise by most, coming less than five months after the launch of the council’s long-awaited registers.

While the JCCP has always welcomed the input of the beauty industry, ultimately its decisions are made by a board from predominantly medically-focused backgrounds and the move has been received by some as a further division in the ongoing discord between medics and beauty therapists. Find out more about what the changes mean for the industry in our news story and read our interview with JCCP chair David Sines in the September issue to discover the reasons behind the change.

Safety has also been highlighted in a very different sector of the market this month. Warnings around a rise in skin allergies caused by some of the methacrylate chemicals used in nail enhancements has prompted many to question whether such products should be available to untrained consumers to buy for home use. It’s also shone a spotlight on the importance of correct application techniques in salons. Read the full story online and find out the industry's reaction to the report in the September issue.

Ongoing training has never been more vital, and this month we also meet three salon owners who have made it their focus by partnering with professional brands to launch academies within or alongside their treatment spaces. From partnering with a distributor to renting out space, we explore the different business models on offer to salon owners wanting to get more involved in education in the current issue.

Another way to keep on top of your CPD is to take advantage of the extensive new education programme at Professional Beauty North this autumn. Check out our preview in this issue for a few of the show’s highlights, and make sure to take a look at the dedicated PB North website for the full rundown. 

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