JCCP joins with beauty industry reps on new committee for aesthetic pathways

A new committee has been formed by the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) after it decided not to allow therapists on its register for injectables earlier this year.

The Beauty Aesthetic Special Interest Committee (BASIC) is calling for recognition for beauty therapists in aesthetics and was established by JCCP trustee Caroline Larissey, who is chairwoman of BASIC and quality and standards manager at the National Beauty Federation, alongside JCCP chairman David Sines.

The committee’s ultimate aim is to support the development of pathways of accredited qualifications for beauty therapists to demonstrate competence for entry to the register. It is also focused on building bridges between the aesthetic and beauty sectors.

Currently non-medics can enter the register for advanced treatments other than injectables.

In the meantime BASIC is working on developing resources for training, best practice and health and safety for both students undertaking existing beauty therapy qualifications and educators.

“We want to achieve three things in order to increase public safety and set the standards for the massive beauty industry with its almost 50,000 hair and beauty salons in the UK,” said Larissey.

“Firstly, showing how professional beauty therapists are, and showing the world that our standards are among the best in the world.

“Then to create world-beating training and accreditation so we train people to be the best they can be.

“And finally working with the JCCP and government to create a workable, easy to understand system of regulation and licencing to prove to the public that they are safe in our hands”.

Sines added: “I’m delighted BASIC is making such positive steps to promote the JCCP in the interests of public protection. The JCCP has always been committed to these primary aims that form the foundation of its constitution”.

Other BASIC founders include Gill Morris, commercial director at electrolysis specialist Sterex, Debra Morris, health and beauty qualification lead at VTCT, Jane Goldsboro, product consultant at Habia; and Lesley Blair, BABTAC chair.