NHS Health Education EnglandFrom documentation circulated to stakeholders by Health Education England (HEE) in 2015/16, it was clear that the intention is to introduce educational standards governing requirements for specified cosmetic procedures from 2016 with a target date of full implementation by 2018. The educational requirements will follow the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) which has replaced the National Qualification Framework (NQF) – Click here.

Although the HEE identified a wide range of treatments that needed to be included in the review of qualifications (amongst others: body piercing, branding, derma rolling, electrolysis, RF and ultrasound treatments, tattooing and various laser treatments) it was decided for the first phase of the programme to include only Botulinum toxin, dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser / IPL and LED treatments.

This voluntary standard is being implemented by a new industry body, the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) a collaboration between the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) and the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN).