Cross-party support in call to make cosmetics industry safer

22 November 2021, Ross Matthewman

A coalition of public health organisations have joined with Caroline Nokes MP to again table a vital amendment to the Health and Care Bill making the cosmetics industry in England safer. The amendment gives the Secretary of State the power to introduce a licensing regime for non-surgical aesthetic procedures in England and makes it an offence for someone to practise without a licence.

Crucially, the amendment, tabled for the Bill's Report Stage next week, is now also backed across the political spectrum, with MPs from the Conservative Party, Labour Party, Green Party, SNP, and Plaid Cymru, having all pledged their support.

Treatments can include anything from tattooing to common beauty treatments offered on the high street and can cause serious harm to clients if not carried out correctly and in a safe environment. Critically, there is currently no consistent system of regulation in England and no nationally-set training and qualification requirements for all types of procedures.

CIEH has been working in coalition with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the Institute of Licensing (IoL), the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), the UK Public Health Network (UKPHN), the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), and Save Face, in calling for better regulation of non-surgical aesthetic procedures.

The campaign also has the support of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing, and key players in the industry itself in the form of the Beauty Industry Group (BIG), which encompasses the National Hair and Beauty Federation.

CIEH is also delighted to announce that the Mental Health Foundation is now also supporting this important campaign.

The public health coalition has also written to the new Minister responsible for this vital policy area, Maria Caulfield MP, welcoming her to the role and calling for the UK Government to support efforts to make the cosmetics industry safer.

The amendment is currently supported by a cross-party group of MPs:

  1. Caroline Nokes MP
  2. Sir Graham Brady MP
  3. Sir Roger Gale MP
  4. Anne Marie Morris MP
  5. Jonathan Ashworth MP
  6. Sarah Champion MP
  7. Paula Barker MP
  8. Kevan Jones MP
  9. Carolyn Harris MP
  10. Justin Madders MP
  11. Alex Norris MP
  12. Clive Efford MP
  13. Caroline Lucas MP
  14. Margaret Ferrier MP
  15. Hywel Williams MP
  16. Ben Lake MP
  17. Liz Saville Roberts MP
  18. Jonathan Edwards MP

The amendment was debated in the Health and Care Bill’s Committee Stage where the Government expressed sympathy but refused to back the amendment at this time.

Caroline Nokes MP said:

“It was encouraging that this important amendment was raised and debated during the Bill’s Committee Stage, but we cannot stop there. The strong need to make the aesthetics industry safer has not gone away, and that is why we have tabled this amendment again for Report Stage.

I look forward to continuing to work closely with the Government to ensure that the concerns expressed by so many people and organisations are addressed and that further steps are taken to protect public health.”

Julie Barratt, CIEH President, said:

“We are delighted that the momentum behind this amendment continues to grow. The need to improve the safety of procedures offered to members of the public in England is clear and it is encouraging to see the wide-range of support this campaign is attracting.

We look forward to receiving a response from our letter to Maria Caulfield and continue to call on MPs from across the political spectrum to join with us.”

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