Why Level 7 is more important than ever after the UK Government confirms its commitment to licensing scheme

The UK Government has confirmed its intention to introduce a licensing scheme for the non-surgical aesthetics sector in England.

This comes in response to a joint letter submitted by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), the British Beauty Council, and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

In the letter, the groups set out four key priorities for the administration to action:

  1. The design and implementation of a national licensing scheme for all premises where licenced procedures are conducted, as well as practitioners of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, to ensure that all those who practise invasive procedures are competent and safe for members of the public (as proposed in Paragraph/Clause 180 of the Health and Care Act, 2022).
  2. A requirement for all practitioners to hold adequate medical insurance to provide non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
  3. The development of official guidance on the training and qualification expectations for all practitioners, including knowledge and application of infection controls and first aid training.
  4. The development of a system for the effective recording of adverse incidents and public awareness raising to ensure that all cases that go wrong can be tracked and improvements to safety made accordingly. Members of the public need better tools and knowledge to protect themselves.

In a press release issued recently (January 30), the JCCP said they had received a response “outlining how the department is designing and implementing a new system of licensing for the non-surgical cosmetic industry.”

Read press release.

This comes after the Government made its initial commitment in March 2022 to bring forward future regulations to protect patient safety by making it an offence for someone to perform these cosmetic procedures without a licence.

Maria Caulfield, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for mental health and women’s health strategy and the minister responsible for taking forward the issue, said that “departmental officials will work as quickly as possible to introduce the licensing scheme and will consider all the important areas.”

She also affirmed the development of future licensing, saying: “We know this is a fast-moving sector, and officials will consider how best to future-proof the regulations so that new and emerging treatments are captured by the scheme.”

It is anticipated that the Government will outline its timetable for implementing the new licensing scheme in England within the coming weeks as part of its wider response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s Inquiry Report on body image. However, it will take time for licensing to come into effect.

While it has not been confirmed yet, the Level 7 qualification was initially outlined in the Health Education England guidelines as being the standard for those offering cosmetic injectables. This has since been adopted by the JCCP, and the industry is anticipating it to be the case going forward.

The best way to prepare for any forthcoming regulation is to undertake a nationally recognised and regulated qualification sooner rather than later.

At Interface Aesthetics, we are one of just a handful of approved and accredited training providers in the UK offering a level 7 post-graduate diploma qualification.
Our Level 7 Diploma is a comprehensive post-graduate qualification that is suitable for both experienced healthcare professionals and those who are completely new to the field of non-surgical aesthetics.

Its predecessor, the Level 7 Certificate, was introduced in response to Health Education England (HEE) recommendations derived from the findings of the Keogh report, which was commissioned by the government to look into standards and regulations within the aesthetics industry.

Click here to find out more about the Interface Aesthetics Level 7 Diploma in Injectables.