There is some confusion surrounding Dermal Filler and the EU 2017/745 Medical Device legislation coming online in May 2020. It is not a (reclassification) of Dermal Filler to (POM) ‘Prescription only medicine’ rather, it is the broadening of the directive to include all dermal fillers as a Medical Device.
We have now further developed the clinical placement methodology in creating a residency programme. The residency programme allows practitioners to work a day a week, even two in some cases if their schedule allows. As an added bonus the practitioner is also earning back their course fees. Our main goal of changing aesthetic training at its very core is very much taking shape.
HIGHER STANDARDS IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING ARE THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF ATAI. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD US TALKING ABOUT A NEW DIRECTION IN AESTHETIC EDUCATION AND THE MENTIONING OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR STANDARDISATION (ISO). FOUNDED IN 1947 IT PROVIDES FRAMEWORKS FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE OF PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS. ITS SOLE PURPOSE IS TO MAKE SURE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ARE SAFE, RELIABLE AND OF GOOD QUALITY.
Regulated qualifications provided by awarding bodies such as IQ, ITEC/VTCT, and CIBTAC provide for a quality qualification as the course has to meet a robust educational standard. However, there is no guarantee that the delivering educational institution is providing an educational experience matching the high nature of the regulated qualification. While many colleges do provide a sound education, there is no audit trail that the college is adhering to any set standard.
I wrote some weeks back vested interest groups had started a campaign against the JCCP due to the ambiguous position the JCCP had in regards to Dermal Filler and Botox. While there was and is no pathway for non-healthcare professionals to study the Level 7 programme for injectables, vested interest groups used the ambiguity against the JCCP insinuating they would allow non-healthcare professionals into the register for injectables.
The JCCP has now formally clarified their position updating policy to reflect the ineligibility of non-healthcare practitioners to join the register for injectable cosmetics.
Based on the Level 7 curriculum and adheres to HEE Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Procedures. However, we offer so much more than just outstanding injectable education. Clients want more than only injectable cosmetics they want practitioner that offer an all-encompassing treatment methodology with the skills and tools to deliver exceptional skin health.
If these vested interest groups ran a platform of we do not agree with beauty therapists administering injectable cosmetics, I doubt they would find much negativity to that position. In fact, we have been very clear about where we stand on the subject. However, running a platform directly against an initiative promoting more effective training. Disputing the need and benefit of the Level 7 programme for injectables, and by extension against the very recommendations of the Keogh report and HEE reports, is, well, beyond baffling. It is with some depressing thoughts that their entire platform is not for better outcomes for the general public, but wholly about financial protection.
Aesthetics, it has quickly become the buzz word in the beauty sector. While surgical procedures are in decline non-surgical procedures are growing year on year. It is estimated by 2020 that the facial aesthetics industry will be worth some €4.4 billion worldwide. Markets and Markets is a leading provider of industry analysis; they forecast facial aesthetics is set to grow at 9.2% each year all the way through to 2020. Clients are opting for minimally invasive and non-invasive treatment; in part that is also due to the PIP breast implant scandal. With the media highlighting what can and does go wrong with surgical procedures combined with an ageing population and advancements in technology has intensified consumers want for alternatives to surgery.
Level 7 was introduced as a need was recognised for better training for cosmetic injectables, for Doctors, Dentists, and Nurses. So what do you think will be the outcome of unregulated beauty therapists injecting after an unregulated short course? Caveat emptor, has never been more depressingly fitting, soft regulation always leaves room for the ‘cowboys’ where there is no legislation and money will always attract a sector lacking in a few principals and ethics. We are taking steps to elevate all sectors of the aesthetics industry. As a member of the general public, your job is to apply common sense, what is your qualification? Not some ‘certificate’ issued by an unregulated training provider, what is and where is your formal qualification, if they are not a Doctor, Dentist or Nurse, just don’t risk it, after all, what is your face worth?
The cowboys still live … Education & training don’t settle for second best You could say, but this is an extreme case, it is not common, the majority of establishments operate ethically. While on the one hand, it could be correct to say that, how many people do you see with “duck lips?” Moreover, it…