Cosmetic Couture supports  the Association of Cosmetic Practitioners of Britain (ACPB). The ACPB welcomes professionals from both medical and non-medical backgrounds, and the key directive is that you abide by the code of conduct by having full accreditation and insurance.

​The ACPB aims are to allow all those who wish to train in this area to have an equal advantage, putting aside rivalries from any professions within the medical or aesthetic practitioner fields.

Thus allowing for entry to be accepted on HIGH STANDARDS OF SAFETY, adhered to through rigorous and regular inspections which protect the public at all times.

All parties are enabled to train regardless of their professional background. All are required to adhere to the strict protocol and procedures and to have completed thorough training, ensuring that the ACPB standards have been met which emphasises the complete safety for the patient/client.

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Press Release – Issued 26th November 2018.

A NEW committee of key people in the beauty industry is going back to basics, developing guidance and support to ensure there is an accessible, regulated progression pathway for Beauty Therapists into Aesthetics.

The Beauty Aesthetic Special Interest Committee (BASIC) is calling for changes and recognition for beauty therapists completing aesthetic treatments.

BASIC was formed following the announcement of the changes to the JCCP practitioner register (Statement on Entry to Part Two of the JCCP Register) for non-clinical practitioners, which has excluded non–medical professionals from entering the register for a period of three years for injectables and fillers only.  Non-clinical practitioners are welcome to join the register in other modalities and at all levels up to level 7.

Following this decision, the JCCP initiated the establishment of BASIC. The objective is to build bridges with the beauty sector and to support the development of pathways of accredited qualifications to demonstrate competence for entry to the register.

The main focus of BASIC is to help increase public safety, help raise standards and support new educational pathways and qualification standards.

BASIC Chairwoman and JCCP Trustee Caroline Larissey, said the aim of the group is simple: “We want to achieve three things in order to increase public safety and set the standards for the massive beauty industry with its almost 50,000 hair and beauty salons in the UK.

“Firstly, showing how professional beauty therapists are, and showing the world that our standards are among the best in the world.

 “Then to create world-beating training and accreditation so we train people to be the best they can be.

“And finally working with the JCCP and government to create a workable, easy to understand system of regulation and licencing to prove to the public that they are safe in our hands”.

Centralised information on training, best practice, health & safety and a wide range of other helpful topics is being compiled for learners and educators alike.

Caroline Larissey said: “We are determined to help increase public safety and make sure the profession we are all so very proud of is allowed to raise its game and be recognised for what it is.  Changing the face of British aesthetics for good.”

David Sines Chairman of the JCCP added: “I’m delighted BASIC is making such positive steps to promote the JCCP in the interests of public protection. The JCCP has always been committed to these primary aims that form the foundation of its constitution”.



The founders of BASIC include representatives of ……

  • Caroline Larissey – NHF/NBF, JCCP Trustee (chair)
  • Lisa Green – CITA
  • Fleur Blain – Dartford Health and Safety Officer
  • Gerry Moore – FHT
  • Gill Morris – Sterex
  • Debra Morris – VTCT
  • Jane Goldsbro – Habia
  • Lesley Blair/ Kerry Lawlor – BABTAC/CIBTAC
  • Emma McKay – City and Guilds
  • Pete Richardson – Cosmetic Couture
  • Diane Hey – Armonia
  • Jo Griffiths – Barrasso – Auk

Press Release – Issued: Friday, August 17, 2018.


THE FIGHT to have experienced and highly professional cosmetic practitioners who are not medics recognised to perform injectable procedures like fillers and Botox has begun with the official launch today of the The Association for Cosmetic Practitioners Britain (ACPB).

Led by Maxine Hopley, one of most experienced and recognised figures in the industry, The ACPB is aiming to set standards that would be acceptable not only in the current unregulated industry but become the benchmark moving forward should statutory regulation come into force.

The ACPB, formerly known as the ARA, The Association of Registered Aestheticians, was actually officially registered as a not-for-profit organisation four years ago when Maxine, founder of Cosmetic Couture in Manchester, realised there was a need to assess, register and set the highest of standards.

One of the triggers for our name change was last week’s news that the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners will not accredit non-medics to perform injectable procedures. Despite only being a voluntary register, this has already begun to have effects with many practitioners fearing it will meant they will no longer be able to carry on working.

Maxine is adamant that despite there being some who are unsafe and not qualified there are many non-medics who specialise in procedures like dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle procedures and others that are being side-lined by the JCCP.

She said: “While we believe the JCCP announcement a step backwards we are committed to exploring other ways to help regulate and police the industry that are publicly accountable and have public confidence.

“We absolutely agree with the JCCP that it is fundamental that all practitioners have the right skills, that they ensure that products used are clinically validated and appropriately licensed and that patients get accurate information before deciding to undergo a cosmetic intervention – so that’s exactly what we are going to do.”

Maxine believes that being a medical professional like a nurse, dental nurse or even midwife does not automatically mean they are as experienced or proficient as beauty therapists who have spent years in the industry and trained to an extremely high level.

She said: “I have trained countless nurses and other medics and will continue to do so. Their training is so widespread how can they be as some of us who have specialised for years and actually provide their training?

“We are here to represent the very best of our industry and show the public and other so-called regulators that we are as safe, if not safer and more experienced, that some medics.”

PLEASE NOTE: Maxine Hopley is available for interview, so to contact either Maxine or Pete Richardson, Please

For more information contact Pete Richardson on 07747 809 631