Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners Update

JCCP – For Non-Surgical Treatment Safety

jccpNearing the end of its ‘development phase’, the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners has issued a press release outlining work to date and forthcoming changes.

The JCCP was created in 2016 in order to improve the safety of non-surgical treatments in the UK and the group has already confirmed plans for a register of training providers as well as a register of practitioners.

The objective is to create better control in an industry which has been criticised for lack of regulation and guidelines, which can leave patients at risk. Unqualified practitioners can quite legally inject BOTOX and dermal fillers at the moment. The registers are designed to raise standards and ensure patient safety.

  1. Register 1: Approved education, training and accreditation providers
  2. Register 2: JCCP Registered Practitioners who meet the education, clinical and practise based standards. There are 2 sub-sections to this register:
    1. Professional Statutory Bodies (PSBs) – practitioners already registered with GMC, NMC, GDC, GPhC or HCPC (major professional bodies representing doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists and healthcare professionals)
    2. Non-PSBs – non-surgical treatment practitioners not registered with the above. These individuals are required to meet the JCCP standards and may need to supervision and oversight of a clinical professional

Both registers are still voluntary and have not yet been established and are not expected to be open until the end of 2017, as interim Chair of the JCCP Professor David Sines CBE explains:

“Over the coming months we will be announcing a series of decisions, actions and programmes that will lead to the formal opening of the JCCP registers in November 2017.”

Patient Safety in Cosmetic Treatments

The lack of regulation in the industry is something that patients should be aware of. Many assume that practitioners are qualified, but there are those who have no medical background and no training. There are regulations surrounding the prescription of BOTOX®, but not the injecting. Dermal fillers are not a prescription-only medicine, so there are no regulations at all.

Patients are advised to be vigilant in choosing a provider.

Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Treatment Practitioner

  • Seek medically qualified individuals – who have extra training or qualifications in aesthetic treatments. At SkinViva, all non-surgical procedures are carried out by doctors or dentists who have additional training in cosmetic treatments
  • Look for experience – some may ‘dabble’ in cosmetic treatments, while others practice for several days a week or even full time. Those who carry out regular treatments are demonstrating their experience
  • No-obligation consultation – make the most of your consultation – ask to see before/after photos and discuss all your queries before deciding. It should be without any pressure or obligation to proceed
  • Trust your instinct – if you’re not sure, don’t go ahead

Cosmetic Injections, Manchester

SkinViva’s experienced clinicians offer a range of non-surgical treatments with advanced use of BOTOX® and fillers.

Their team offer free consultations at their main clinic in Manchester and also work closely with partner locations across the North West. Clinics are held at salons and centres in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Manchester, Stockport and Bury.

A consultation is always required prior to any cosmetic treatment and this is arranged with an experienced aesthetic clinician. The same practitioner would carry out treatment and this can normally be done at the same appointment if required.

SkinViva Manchester

SkinViva was established in 2008 and has an excellent reputation for offering high quality skin treatments in the North West.

For further information or to arrange a confidential consultation with a cosmetic doctor or dentist, please call 0161 865 1141, email