Pete Richardson helped The Association of Cosmetic Practitioners Britain become a charity. Here he ponders the initial reaction to that news from medics in aesthetics.

It’s headline news in the August edition of Aesthetics, the monthly journal for aesthetic medical professionals. In-fact it’s the top story on their newsletter:


The Association of Cosmetic Practitioners of Britain (ACPB) has been approved by the Charities Commission, meaning that it now has official charity status with registered charity… Read more

Surely, it’s good news that now there’s an independent organisation vowing to help raise standards and create an inspectorate?

The Association of Cosmetic Practitioners Britain’s stated objectives are: “To promote the health, safety and protection of the general public in the United Kingdom through the development of the highest standards of practice among non-surgical cosmetic practitioners, with special focus on injectables.”

Simple really – to help further protect the public by having a body willing to create a register and monitor those on it for their levels of excellence or otherwise and publish the results?

But the reaction has been interesting to say the least.

Save Face, which has a register for medics only, says its data “illustrates a pattern of behaviours amongst lay people providing these treatments that cannot be addressed merely by the formation of such a register”.

Nurse prescriber and chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) Sharon Bennett has questioned the validity of the ACPB.

While according to Aesthetics, Nurse practitioner and independent medical sector analyst Constance Campion argued: “…..I can already see from the press release issued by the ACPB, that it could be argued that the organisations’ activities are contrary to patient safety and the public good.”

So, it seems the ACPB is not needed.

We don’t need a way of registering non-medics in injectables?

We don’t need a register (like medics have) which tests standards, qualifications, premises etc?

Let’s just leave it to medics shall we?

That would seem to be the implication.

In its application vetting process, The Charities Commission was very keen to understand why The ACPB felt it was necessary to exist. Why is there a need for an organisation representing, checking and helping non-medics?

Well it could be argued that the reaction from the above shows exactly why.

Non-medical practitioners in aesthetics are working completely legally and will continue to do so until the law changes if it ever does.

So, isn’t it time to at least TRY and get something done – create a register, praise the highest standards, check premises – even if its only voluntary and as a public service as a charity?

There is a consultation going on with the JCCP which is due to finish in two-years-time around the question of regulation – but the voice of non-medics is hardly heard – and indeed some say is drowned out. And what will it say?

It seems to me that medics want the industry for medics – and no matter what is said or done by the many expert non-medics in the field to prove competence, professionalism and standards this will not change.

It’s only a multi-billion-pound industry after all.

You can find the story in full in Aesthetics here: https://aestheticsjournal.com/news/charity-for-non-medics-launches