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Industry Qualifications Acquire cdBAFI

Regulated awarding organisation Industry Qualifications Ltd (IQ), has today announced the acquisition of the Cosmetic, Dermal, Botulinum, Aesthetic & Fillers Inspectorate (cdBAFI), with immediate effect.


cdBAFI will become part of a new IQ division, IQ Verify, which has been established to offer inspection and organisational certification services.

As a regulated awarding organisation, IQ will be offering a growing range of nationally approved qualifications in the beauty sector, in competition with organisations such as City and Guilds and VTCT. The incorporation of cdBAFI into IQ Verify Ltd, will also allow for the provision of inspection and organisational certification services within the IQ group offer.

“We are delighted by this acquisition and have substantial plans to develop the IQ operation in the beauty sector”, said Raymond Clarke, Chief Executive of IQ Ltd and Chair of IQ Verify. “The IQ approach to partnership and quality in relation to qualifications is quite distinct and the launch of IQ Verify will allow us to provide a unique set of services to the sector. Our expectation is that IQ Verify will gain UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) approval for inspection and certification services next year. With UKAS approval, we will be able to expand the cdBAFI range of services to include a range of ISO standards in addition to technical standards within the industry. cdBAFI has made considerable progress in the short time since it was developed and I am delighted that we will be retaining much of the cdBAFI expertise within the new organisation.”

Una Riley, Managing Director of cdBAFI since its inception said “I am delighted that IQ has acquired cdBAFI. IQ has the capability to grow cdBAFI within IQ Verify both in the UK and at an international level and this is a good move both for cdBAFI, and those that have championed a high quality, independent inspection body in the beauty sector.” Una will become a non-executive director of IQ Verify with specific responsibility for the beauty sector.

For further information, please contact Raymond Clarke at IQ on +44 (0)1952 457 452.

Sep 30, 2013 03:08 PM
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