JCCP agrees to restrict register entry for non-healthcare professionals
The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners, a self-regulating body for the non-surgical aesthetics sector in the UK, has agreed to restrict entry to its register for those who inject or insert dermal fillers.
In the future, only qualified healthcare clinicians will be permitted entry to the JCCP register with regard to these ‘higher risk’ procedures.
The decision follows concerns raised by JCCP stakeholders, professional associations, and key opinion leaders in the profession, regarding the JCCP’s previous allowance of entry on non-healthcare professionals such as beauty therapists, to its register for those who inject fillers.
‘The JCCP has been concerned for some time about the assumption that all aesthetic practitioners present the same level of risk when undertaking complex Level 7 procedures, such as injectables and fillers’, the organisation said in a statement.
‘The JCCP Board of Trustees is very aware of its responsibility to ensure that the public are better informed about the risks associated with non-surgical and hair restoration surgical treatments and to provide members of the public with the assurance required to enable them to make an informed choice when they seek to select a proficient and safe practitioner in these applied areas of specialist practice.
‘For these reasons the JCCP Board of Trustees has now agreed to restrict entry to its register for those who inject or insert dermal fillers.
‘In the future only qualified healthcare clinicians will be permitted entry to the JCCP register with regard to these “higher risk” procedures.’
The JCCP hosts a single practitioner register, which is sub-divided into two distinct parts to provide transparency for the public:
Part one: clinical practitioners who are registered with UK healthcare professional statutory regulated bodies (GMC, NMC, GDC, GPhC, PSNI, and HCPC) that provide professional oversight and governance for those practitioners whom they regulate. Such regulated healthcare professionals work independently within the context of their agreed scope of professional practice.
Part two: practitioners who are not in current membership with or are not eligible to join a professional statutory regulatory body/council and who require clinical oversight for specific procedural interventions (within or outside their scope of practice) – beauty therapists, aesthetic practitioners, and persons who are eligible to be registered with a PRSB but have elected not to do so.
Level 7 procedures
The JCCP Board also met recently to review progress relating to the ‘practitioner register’ and to review the many communications it has received about allowing non-healthcare practitioners to register at Level 7 for the administration of injectables and fillers.
The JCCP has now determined that Level 7 treatments that involve injectables and dermal fillers should be performed only by relevantly trained, experienced, and proficient healthcare professionals who are registered on part one of the JCCP Register.
The JCCP will therefore now suspend access to its register for all non-healthcare practitioners who practise Level 7 injectable and/or dermal fillers procedures for a period of three years whilst a detailed evaluation can take place of the ‘risks’ involved to the general public, and will use this period to resubmit the case for statutory regulation of the whole sector to the Department of Health and Social Care.
The organisation emphasises that part two of the register will remain open for those eligible non- healthcare practitioners who practise treatments in other modalities/treatment areas as defined by both the JCCP and the CPSA, such as skin rejuvenation, peels, and lasers and light.