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First Regulated Qualification for Injectables

First Regulated Qualifications for Injectable Cosmetics

Monday 3rd July 2017

Industry Qualifications (IQ) is delighted to announce the award of the first Ofqual regulated qualifications for Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine at level 7 (post graduate level). IQ offers its congratulations to Doctors Emily Macgregor, Harriet Bradley and Kim Booysen following their qualification achievement at Harley Academy.  

The IQ qualification was developed following the Review of Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions led by Sir Bruce Keogh in 2013, and incorporates subsequent guidelines published by Health Education England (November 2015), and the General Medical Council (April 2016). In addition to the IQ qualification, the review and subsequent guidance led to the establishment of Joint Council for Cosmetic Procedures (JCCP) which is due to launch a register of approved practitioners in November 2017.

Professor David Sines, Chair of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Procedures (JCCP) said “The JCCP welcomes the qualification of the first entrants on the Ofqual approved L7 programme offered by IQ and delivered by the Harley Academy. Today's announcement provides a significant step on the path to raising standards within the sector as a whole.  The JCCP is working with the newly created Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) to establish additional clinical and practice based standards to ensure that all approved qualifications continue to reflect the latest guidance as they are maintained over time.”

The qualification requires students to study a collection of subject areas (including relevant ethical and legal requirements, key treatment principles, the necessity of client-centered care, the role of psychology within aesthetic medicine, key principles of dermatology and the actions, risks and management options associated with botulinum toxin and/or dermal filler administration). Candidates are required to pass a challenging essay based examination, undertake a series of eight practical examinations in a simulated environment and to observe 10 and undertake 10 treatments using botulinum toxin and dermal fillers.

According to Raymond Clarke, Chief Executive of IQ, “The qualification is demanding, even for those that have been medically trained, and sets a new benchmark for professionals working in the sector. I would particularly like to acknowledge the work of the Harley Academy and in particular Dr Tristan Mehta for his support in the development of this qualification”.

IQ have reported that five centres are now approved to offer the qualification, details of which are available from IQ. Some 100 people are currently registered on programme and IQ is expecting a significant increase as the launch of the JCCP nears.


Notes for Editors

Industry Qualifications (IQ) is an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Qualifications Wales and the Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (N Ireland). The company has been involved in the Cosmetic Procedure sector since 2012 and provided evidence to the Keogh and HEE reviews. For more information, please contact Raymond Clarke, Chief Executive (01952 457458).

The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) was established in January 2016, following the publication of the final HEE Report on ‘Qualifications in the Non-Surgical Sector’, as the newly established body for self-regulation of the non-surgical sector in England to

  • Provide information to the public seeking non-surgical treatments.
  • Maintain a register of accredited practitioners who meet the industry recognised standards for the delivery of non-surgical treatments.
  • Keep a list of approved education and training providers and qualifications.


The JCCP is a not-for-profit organisation supported by Government, statutory regulatory bodies (GMC, NMC, GDC, GPhC, HCPC) and many industry partners (Education Providers, Pharmaceutical Companies, Pharmacies, Professional Associations and many others). The non-surgical area covered by the activities of the JCCP includes the injection of botulinum toxin and fillers, chemical peels/skin rejuvenation, laser treatments and hair restoration

Harley Academy was established in 2015 to raise cosmetic medical training to a higher education level. Harley Academy has rapidly grown into one of the UK’s largest postgraduate training provider in the field of aesthetic medicine. Harley Academy co-developed the Level 7 Injectables qualification with Industry Qualifications, which is now available on the Ofqual National Qualifications Framework. 

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