On April 26, the Government concluded its scrutiny of the Health and Care Bill, meaning it now awaits the final step of Royal Assent to become an Act of Parliament.
The Bill includes an amendment to give the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care the power to introduce a license to perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as botulinum toxin and dermal filler injectables. The licensing scheme will introduce consistent standards which individuals carrying out cosmetic procedures will have to meet, as well as hygiene and safety standards for premises.
The Bill was considered by the House of Lords between December 7 2021 and March 23 2022, before passing back to the House of Commons for consideration of Lords amendments.
A date for Royal Assent is yet to be scheduled.
Professor David Sines, executive chair and registrar of the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), commented, “The JCCP was delighted to receive confirmation that the Secretary of State is now introducing a national system of licensing for non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England, following his decision to introduce an amendment to the forthcoming Health and Care Bill. The JCCP places patient safety and public protection at the heart of all of its activities and has campaigned relentlessly over the past four years for the implementation of a nationally approved system of licensing for the aesthetic sector underpinned by mandated standards for education and training for all practitioners.”