BASIC {An Answer to Aesthetic Prayers?}

Pete Richardson has a look at the new Beauty Aesthetic Special Interest Committee, founded in the wake of the Joint Council For Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) decision not include non-medics on its aesthetics register

It has been heralded (by me) as a major new development to help safeguard the public and set new world beating standards in the beauty and aesthetics industry in the UK.

Why? Because world-first nationwide guidelines are being drawn up for non-medics on everything from requirements at premises to customer contracts, formal complaints procedures, and required levels of first-aid training.

This was the first action of The Beauty Aesthetic Special Interest Committee (BASIC), a group of industry leaders originally established thanks to perceived inaction by the Government’s own advisory body the JCCP.

Its first meeting in late January 2019 agreed unanimously to help create nationally accepted guidelines and recommendations for non-medics across the aesthetics industry.

Frustrated that the JCCP has focussed on already regulated medics and seems by many to be side-lining the ever-growing non-medical profession already treating tens of thousands of clients, the BASIC group decided to act.

Once the guidelines have been drafted, and following further industry-wide consultation, BASIC intend to present the proposals to local government environmental health experts to gain approval and to push for national licencing with these recommendations as minimum requirements.

BASIC Chairwoman and JCCP Trustee Caroline Larissey, said creating national guidelines and standards proves the beauty and aesthetics industry is totally committed to public health and protection.

She said: “BASIC is becoming the voice of the industry and that voice will be heard. As a group which includes training providers, national trade bodies, qualification bodies, and beauty and aesthetic practitioners, we are determined to drive the debate around the best of beauty and aesthetics and what is and is not acceptable.

“As I have said before we want to show how professional most beauty therapists are, showing the world that our standards are among the best in the world. And helping raise the standards of all to a nationally recognised minimum – linked to licencing scheme.”

BASIC is also striving to support the development of pathways of accredited qualifications to demonstrate competence at all levels.