Inquiry into non-surgical cosmetic procedures: oral evidence sessions

The APPG has recently launched an important inquiry into non-surgical cosmetic procedures to investigate how standards for undertaking and advertising treatments such as botulinum toxins or similar anti-wrinkle injectables, dermal fillers, polydioxanone (PDO) threads and cogs, should be improved to support the beauty and aesthetics industry and protect public safety.

The Group is in the process of inviting witnesses to give oral evidence in its inquiry.

Session 1 – What is the concern?

23rd June 2020
  • Rachel Knappier – customer who suffered from malpractice and has been lobbying for regulation for non-surgical cosmetic procedures
  • Dawn Knight – Kevan Jones MP’s constituent and campaigner for better safety and accountability to protect patients within the cosmetic and aesthetic sectors
  • Dr Michael Aicken – Founder of Visage Aesthetics
  • Helen McGuiness – Centre Principal of Helen McGuiness Health and Beauty Training International
  • Chris Wade – Aesthetic Practitioner and Hair and Beauty Industry Authority Advisory Board Member
  • Fiona Macrae – NHS Anaesthetist and part-time Aesthetic Doctor

A recording of the session is available here.

Minutes from the session are available here.

Session 2 – Standards and qualifications

7th July 2020
  • Alexander Woollard – Chair of the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority
  • Caroline Larissey – Director of Quality and Standards, National Hair and Beauty Federation
  • Diane Hey – Chair of the National Occupational Standards Steering Group on Aesthetic Treatments for HABIA and Vice Chair of the Beauty Professional Apprenticeship Group at the Institute for Apprenticeships
  • Dr John Curran – Former President at the British College of Aesthetics Medicine
  • Lesley Blair – Chair of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology
  • Sharon Bennett – Chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses

A recording of the session is available here.

Minutes from the session are available here.

Session 3 – Regulation and enforcement: Part 1 Registration of practitioners

16th September 2020
  • Christine Braithwaite – Director of Standards and Policy, Professional Standards Authority
  • Emma Davies – Clinical Director, Save Face
  • Maxine Hopley – Trustee, Association of Cosmetic Practitioners Britain
  • Caroline Larissey – Director Quality and Standards, NHBF
  • Christine Mozzamdar – Hospital Director, Transform Hospital Group
  • David Sines – Chair, Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners

Minutes from the session are available here.

Session 4 – Regulation and enforcement: Part 2 – Licensing

21st October 2020
  • Sarah Clover, Kings Chambers
  • Charlotte Rose, Senior Environmental Health Officer at Wolverhampton Council
  • Tamara Sandoul, Policy Manager, Charted Institute for Environmental Health

A recording of the session is available here.

Minutes from the session are available here.

Session 5 – Ethics and mental health

24th November 2020
  • Dr Nichola Rumsey OBE, Professor Emerita, Centre for Appearance Research at UWE Bristol
  • Dr Antonis Kousoulis, Director for England and Wales at the Mental Health Foundation
  • Professor Clare Chambers, Council member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics
  • Professor David Veale, Trustee of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation

A recording of the session is available here.

Minutes from the session are available here.

Session 6 – Aesthetic Insurance

22nd February 2021
  • Mark Moloney, Managing Director, Professional Beauty
  • Martin Rowe, Head of Operations, CPD
  • Eddie Hooker, CEO, Hamilton Fraser
  • Caroline Larissey, NHBF
  • Lesley Blair, BABTAC

A recording of the session is available here.

Minutes from the session will be available shortly.

Forthcoming sessions

Session 7 – Advertising and social media (20th April 2021, 12.30pm)

Session 8 – Concluding session with Nadine Dorries, Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health (4th May 2021)

A report from the APPG will follow in Summer 2021.