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Apprentice Winner Calls for Regulation of Botox & Filler Treatments

Industry Qualifications (IQ), a regulated awarding organisation has offered its support to comments made by Dr Leah Totten on this morning's’ edition of Daybreak on ITV, calling for standardised training and qualifications in the sector.

“This was a key recommendation from the Keogh Review”, said Raymond Clarke, Chief Executive of IQ, “and one which we believe to be critical in driving out bad practice across the sector. IQ has been working with the Association of Aesthetics, Injectables & Cosmetics (AAIC) for a number of months now in seeking to define a suitable specification for training and qualifications and we look forward to presenting our ideas to Health Education England as it commences its consideration of the issues”.

Today’s report highlighted the current lack of regulation or standards in the industry, with 32% of aesthetic treatment providers found not to name their practitioners before treatment, whilst 26% did not mention any qualifications. This is despite the fact that any needle treatment carries a small but inevitable risk with one in a hundred injections leading to infection.

Clarke went on to say, “The standardisation and regulation of an agreed qualification is the only way to drive out providers of sub-standard training and to ensure that practitioners, whether they come from the medical or beauty sector, are competent. Given the risks, IQ is of the opinion that independent regulation is required for the sector and that this cannot be left to the likes of the governing bodies in the medical sector, which have hitherto failed to get a grip on this issue”.

For further information, please visit the AAIC website, which can be found here.


Sep 26, 2013 02:53 PM
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