The UK License Consultation

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October 23, 2023

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The UK License Consultation

I am sure that all of us are aware of the consultation which is underway with the UK government in connection with licensing. There is just one week to go before the consultation closes, and there are issues here that will affect us all. It is a lengthy post, but I have dissected it a little, so that you can make informed choices. IT CLOSES ON 28TH OCTOBER.

The aims of the consultation are:  to ensure patient safety, and to do this thegovernment is introducing a licensing scheme which will future proof ourindustry.

Link to Government Website

Key requirements from us will be:

  1. To be of good character
  2. Be suitably trained and qualified.
  3. Hold appropriate indemnity cover.
  4. Operate from premises which meet the scheme’sstandards of hygiene and cleanliness.

Local Authorities will work with the HSE, EnvironmentalHealth and Trading standards to enforce requirements.

The Consultation is asking for your opinion on all aspectsof licensing, and this means that your voice counts.

Topics of the 1st Consultation are:

  1. The types of treatments and procedures that areclassified as “Non-surgical cosmetic treatments” and therefore are included inthe licensing scheme.
  2. Whether any procedures should only be carriedout by regulated healthcare professionals or be under their clinical oversight.
  3. Views form the public on imposing agerestrictions on who can receive treatments.
  4. There is a clause 1.8 which gives the definitionof a cosmetic procedure to include injections, threads, light, and electricity,cold or heat.

The is a traffic light system where:

Green is considered low risk.

Amber is considered medium risk.

Red is considered high risk.

GREEN – low risk – includes therapies:

  • Microneedling and nano needling
  • Mesotherapy
  • IPL– non ablative hair removal
  • LED
  • Noneedle fillers
  •  Chemicalpeels
  • Micropigmentation
  • Microblading
  • Photorejuvenation – use of a laser to treat skin conditions including, wrinkles,acne, scarring and sun damage.

**Amber – medium risk – includes therapies:

Their suggestion is that this area should be overseen by a nominated Regulated Healthcare Professional who has gained accredited qualifications, can prescribe, administer and supervise aesthetics procedures.

Prescription only medicines require a prescriber and covers injectables including lidocaine, dermal fillers, and botulinum toxin injection.

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Amber therapies include:

  • Botulinumtoxin injection
  • Semi-permanentdermal fillers
  • Bio-revitalisation
  • Vitaminand mineral injections
  • PRP
  • Injectionsfor spider veins
  • Weightloss injections
  • Carboxytherapy
  • Cellulitesubcision
  • Injectionlipolysis
  • Cryolipolysis
  • Hifu
  • RFTreatments **
  • Plasmaablation
  • Nonablative lasers (excluding photo rejuvenation and laser hair removal)
  • Mediumdepth peels
  • Prescriptionvitamin A – applied topically.
  • Electrocautery
  • Thecombination of 2 or more technologies to create a hybrid device e.g., Radiofrequency with micro needling.**
  • Cryotherapy
  • Cryocautery (skin tags)

Red – High Risk

These treatments will be delivered and regulated by a Healthcare Professional – overseen by the CQC, and those delivering treatments will need to register and comply with the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

Red therapies include:

  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Hair restoration
  • Botulinum toxin injection – breast, intimate areas and buttocks
  • All PDO – Cogs and threads (considered high risk)
  • Hay fever injections
  • Combination of ultrasound and large bore cannula for the purposes of surgical liposuction
  • Deeper chemical peels
  • CO2 lasers – fully ablative
  • All intravenous injectables and infusions

When you look at the consultation, please do complete it, as there are areas which will affect your business. Here is the link

The feedback they are looking for is on the following areas

  1. Do you agree with the 3-tier system?
  2. Do you agree with the categories?
    a. Red
    b. Amber
    c. Green
  3. Do you agree with the DHSC proposal to restrict specific procedures by amending the CQC regulations to ensure that they can only be undertaken by Healthcare Professionals operating out of CQC premises?
  4. Age restrictions for clients should be 18 years plus – and must be approved by a GP for medical reasons.

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