The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) has defended its decision to include beauty therapists on it new registers, which launched on March 1.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4 You & Yours programme, JCCP chair Professor David Sines addressed the backlash from those who believe beauty therapists shouldn’t be allowed to register as practitioners.
He was joined by aesthetic nurse prescriber Sue Ibrahim, who argued that because therapists can’t be struck off for malpractice like clinicians, it is a risk to public safety to allow them to join the register and administer injectables.
“Legally, beauty therapists are not proscribed from being able to inject. By law, they are able to inject”, replied Sines, adding: “Our standards state that the two most invasive procedures – botox and dermal fillers – can only be administered under the supervision of a registered clinician…no beauty therapist is able to inject unless they have a clinician supporting them and prescribing the medication.”
Sines also said that, with the registers, the JCCP would begin to improve standards and prevent doctors and nurses providing medicines such as botulinum toxin to beauty therapists remotely without having first seen the patient to assess them.