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The PSA welcomes publication of government consultation on licensing of non-surgical cosmetics

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has welcomed publication of the Government’s consultation on a licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetics and is encouraging all relevant stakeholders to respond to the consultation.

We have previously voiced concerns about the ongoing, unmanaged risks facing people seeking non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox and fillers and we are pleased to see the Government moving forward with action to tackle these.  

The PSA has accredited two registers for non-surgical cosmetic practitioners Save Face and the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practice (JCCP). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and employers that registers meet our high standards and that practitioners are competent and are subject to robust complaints processes.

Ahead of the introduction of a licensing scheme we are encouraging those seeking non-surgical cosmetic procedures to choose a practitioner on an Accredited Register. We have also encouraged all eligible non-surgical cosmetic practitioners to join an Accredited Register to demonstrate their competence and reduce risk to the public. 

Alan Clamp, Chief Executive said,

‘We welcome the publication of the consultation on the new licensing scheme. It is important that swift action is taken to tackle the unmanaged risks arising from non-surgical cosmetic procedures. The PSA will be responding in full to the consultation and is urging all interested stakeholders to do the same.’


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
Contact: Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards and Policy


Notes to the Editor


  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees 10 statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
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