Which Cosmetic Treatments Require a Licence?

The government has introduced new legislation requiring those providing cosmetic treatments to have a licence. Please note this legislation is not yet enforced.

If you work in beauty and cosmetics, reading through the Health and Social Care Act 2022 may not be on your to-do list. However, there is a clause that directly affects you. The Act states the need to “licence those providing non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as those involving injection or application of a substance, insertion of needles into the skin, insertion of thread under the skin, or application of light, electricity, cold or heat.”

If any of those treatments sound familiar, here’s what you need to know:

While you may have completed training and taken all necessary precautions in your work, this was not required by law. In 2020, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Institute of Licensing found that there was a serious need to regulate cosmetic treatments. These regulations are intended to protect the public from harm. If cosmetic treatments are carried out incorrectly, or in unsafe settings, the customer is at risk of serious harm.

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2022, specific cosmetic procedures are prohibited without a licence. These procedures include:
– Anti-wrinkle injections
– Dermal fillers
– HIFU facials
– Microneedling
– Chemical peels
– Phototherapy
– Plasma injections

Any treatment that involves injections, threads under the skin, application of a substance that penetrates the skin, and applications of light, electricity, cold or heat will soon require a licence.

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