A note on the EU, while we do not wish to make this political, with 27 member States, coming to a consensus for guidelines for non-surgical-cosmetic-interventions is proving to be problematic. The debate started back in 2014, while guidelines (unpublished) have been agreed for beauty treatments, non-surgical-cosmetic-interventions is still held up with no agreed outcome in sight. Even if the EU does publish a set of guidelines, it becomes incredibly problematic for them that the training industry has its foundations in the UK. While the EU has not consulted with the UK organisations, an agreed set of standards have been put in place that is robust and agreed upon by the GMC, NMC, GDC, while a new regulatory body has also been set up, the JCCP.
Why is it influencing the Irish aesthetics sector?
As many would know ITEC/VTCT, CIBTAC/BABTAC are fundamental in the UK beauty industry, as such training guidelines and training level structuring have been influenced by the HEE reports. Compounding this, other countries, in Asia, as an example, have also been pushing for more regulation and standardisation for better client outcomes and insurance purposes. ITEC/VTCT represents the largest and most respected awarding body for the beauty sector worldwide. With the need for worldwide accredited qualifications also means standardisation. So for them, directives taken on board in the UK have to be implemented throughout the training colleges for uniformity.