For the first time an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard, which is an internationally recognised standard that ensures products and services and safe and reliable, will be used for professional certification within the aesthetics sector.
Two schemes will be available and delivered through independent international certification body IQ Verify (IQV); the IQ Verify learning provider scheme (in accordance with ISO17065:2012) and personnel certification scheme in Skin Rejuvenation (in accordance with ISO17024:2012). These two schemes will be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), which is an accredited body that certifies IQ Verify.
According to a representative from IQV, this development is a major step towards further increasing the professional standards in the aesthetics industry, and illustrates a commitment to the continued improvement for patient safety.
IQ Verify director and general manager Mark Salt stated, “This is an exciting development in the aesthetics industry, which not only offers international recognition but also ensures the continued raising of the bar in terms of knowledge and competence of practitioners. Practitioners who meet the requirements of these schemes will be able to demonstrate to their potential patients, that they have achieved an extremely high standard of practice and that they are assessed regularly to maintain that standard, this can only be good for the industry.”
The IQ Verify learning provider scheme has been developed against the recognised standard ISO17065:2012. According to IQV, any organisation offering training and education services successfully audited against this standard can demonstrate that their organisation has met an internationally recognised and accepted standard to offer high calibre training delivery.
The scheme assesses against the core requirements of the ISO17065:2012 standard to operate a training facility, in addition to the modality specific aesthetic training requirements as identified by the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA). Training providers will be subject to an annual audit to demonstrate that they continue to meet these standards to maintain this level of certification.
Aesthetic training provider Harley Academy is undergoing the first audit in early October, allowing it to offer IQV’s 17024:2012 personnel certification scheme for skin rejuvenation. This is to be pilot for all aesthetic schemes for which UKAS will be assessing compliance, according to IQV.
The internationally recognised standard for competent person certification programmes is ISO17024:2012, which aims to enhance the integrity, confidence and mobility of certified professionals.
The Skin Rejuvenation personnel certification scheme has been mapped against the requirements of the regulated qualification framework, providing a pathway for aesthetic practitioners to progress from Levels 4 to Level 7 in skin rejuvenation.
Certification will be required at each level in order to achieve the final level 7 assessment, ensuring practitioners demonstrate they have the correct knowledge and skills. This framework is available for both medics and non-medics.
Whilst adhering to HEE, CPSA and best practice guidelines, this programme certifies professionals against a worldwide recognised certification (ISO17024:2012), evidencing that they have the knowledge, skills and competencies to practice, according to IQV. Successful practitioners will be required to submit a logbook of post-certification clinical competency and to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to CPD every three years, to maintain this level of certification.