Industry responds to call for unity on injectables

Leading associations representing those involved in the delivery of injectable treatments
have responded to calls for the sector to present a united front to government.
The Association of Aesthetics, Injectables and Cosmetic Laser (AAIC) and the cdBAFI
(Cosmetic, Dermal, Aesthetics, Botulinum and Fillers Inspectorate) have joined with Habia to
issue a joint call to government to take the views of the sector into account as the Keogh
Review prepares to publish its recommendations.
The review, led by NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, has been considering the
existing UK and EU arrangements for ensuring the quality and safety of cosmetic
interventions, including non-surgical injectable treatments such as Botox® and dermal fillers
that are routinely delivered in salons and spa. It will make its final recommendations in
March 2013.
AAIC MD Chris Wade said, “We have presented to the Keogh Review and outlined our
proposal of a ‘training and recognition’ model which would enhance the delivery of high
quality, professional non-surgical treatments as well as public confidence in the sector. We
can see no reason why adequately trained and responsible sector professionals cannot
deliver treatments they have been delivering safely for years.”
Una Riley, MD of cdBAFI, said, “We fully understand the concerns of the public which is why
we have endeavoured to introduce best practice for all. We want the consumer to be able
to make an informed choice and be confident of receiving high quality treatment from
qualified professionals. We would be happy to transfer our Register to be maintained by
either a joint group or single industry authority, sitting preferably within a professional
regulatory framework.”

John French, Chief Executive Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), said, “FHT does not
recognise beauty therapists carrying out injectable treatments; this is corroborated by the
absence of regulated qualifications for the beauty therapist in this area.

FHT is supportive of the development of a medically lead national core curriculum
authorised by an independent overarching group comprising medical and non-medical
stakeholders, and would endorse relevant beauty therapy sector organisations to be
representative within its membership. FHT would not be against any beauty therapist
wanting to access and gaining this qualification. FHT supports the need for regulation, but
this should be provided by an independent organisation. Indeed we welcome and lobby for
regulation for the whole of the beauty therapy sector.”
Habia MD Rob Young said, “It’s time for a more collaborative and supportive stance within
our sector and I am encouraged that there are so many organisations that are willing and
able to work together for the good of the sector. A potential professional registration model
includes a minimum qualification that is recognised by Government for all those offering
injectable treatments.”
Other organisations or individuals seeking to work with Habia on this issue should contact
Tiffany Tarrant on

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