The lowdown on the companies and associations who put safety first in aesthetics
The non-surgical aesthetics industry is completely unregulated in the UK. Virtually anyone is allowed to perform cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers and toxin after just a short day of training, which can put you at risk. While it’s not compulsory for aesthetic practitioners to be a member of any of the groups detailed below, knowing they are can give you some reassurance that the practitioner you have chosen to have treatment with is working to high standards and aims to put your safety first. A number of the groups have advised the Government on regulation and are spear-heading campaigns to improve aesthetic practice.
British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN)
The BACN is the largest professional association for aesthetic nurses in the UK. All members are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and have to adhere to a strict Code of Conduct to ensure they deliver safe treatments to patients. The BACN promises to hold its members accountable to the NMC’s professional standards and to the standards set by the BACN for membership.
The BACN is a not-for-profit organisation that is voluntary for aesthetic nurses to join.
British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM)
The BCAM aims to advance ethical aesthetic medicine to keep the public safe. All members are registered by either the General Medical Council (GMC) or General Dental Council with a licence to practice. BCAM states that all members must complete a competency exam before joining the BCAM and meet the stringent requirements of the College to gain and retain their membership.
The BCAM is a not-for-profit organisation that is voluntary for aesthetic doctors and dentists to join.
Aesthetic Complications Expert (ACE) Group World
The ACE Group World supports medical practitioners in the management of non-surgical aesthetic complications. If your practitioner is a member of ACE Group (searchable via the website), it’s likely they’ve had top notch training in how to prevent and manage complications, as well as the support of other members that they can refer to if something does go wrong.
ACE Group World is a not-for-profit organisation that is voluntary for medical aesthetic professionals to join.
Dubbed ‘The Oscars of the Aesthetics Specialty’, the Aesthetics Awards is the largest ceremony for aesthetic professionals in the UK. If you see the Aesthetics Awards finalist or winner logo on a company’s website or social media, you can be assured they are one of the best! All entrants are thoroughly vetted and assessed by a renowned panel of 80 judges who award the winners.
The Aesthetics Awards’ practitioner and clinic categories are only open to medical professionals.
Black Aesthetics Advisory Board (BAAB)
Created by four award-winning aesthetic practitioners, the BAAB was established in order to investigate the experiences of black and minority ethnic practitioners and patients. They aim to investigate and inform change for BME patients, ensuring all practitioners understand the needs of black skin, increase representation of black professionals, and positively impact the experience of black patients and professionals within aesthetics.
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)
The BAAPS aims to advance innovation, excellence and safety in aesthetic plastic surgery. Each member is a surgeon registered with the GMC who follows a code of practice to improve overall safety standards in the profession. BAAPS members work to enhance the education of the public about aesthetic cosmetic surgery, and in particular the benefits and risks of different procedures.
The BAAPS is a not-for-profit organisation that is voluntary for surgeons to join.
British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)
The BAD is focused on enhancing the field of dermatology. All members adhere to strict objectives set out in the BAD’s Constitution. The BAD’s website features lots of information about skin diseases, as well as general information about skin. The organisation also runs a campaign called Healthy Skin for All, which offers useful material on treatments and support available.
The BAD is a not-for-profit organisation that is voluntary for dermatologists and doctors from other specialties to join.
British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery (BAHRS)
The BAHRS aims to advance all aspects of the professional practice of hair restoration surgery. BAHRS members adhere to high standards of competence and are expected to sign a Code of Conduct relevant to their profession. The BAHRS is also a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), which aims to create unity in the field.
The BAHRS is a not-for-profit organisation that is voluntary for surgeons, clinicians and scientists/researchers with an interest in hair loss and restoration to join.
British Association of Sclerotherapists (BAS)
Sclerotherapy is a safe and well-established injection treatment for veins. It is practised by surgeons, doctors, nurses, dentists and beauty therapists under medical supervision. BAS members, who are registered with the GMC or NMC, abide by a Code of Conduct and have regular access to continuing professional development.
The BAS is a not-for-profit organisation that is voluntary to join.
British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
Founded in 1946 in the aftermath of World War II, BAPRAS aimed to protect public health with the development of plastic surgery. Today, this objective remains, with the added focus on how plastic surgery is understood in a modern context, specifically elected aesthetic plastic surgery procedures. BAPRAS’s focus is on advancing education in all areas and aims to promote innovation within the speciality of plastic surgery.
The BAPRAS is a not-for-profit organisation that is voluntary to join.
British Medical Laser Association (BMLA)
The BMLA represents dermatologists, plastic surgeons, nurses, technologists, scientists, beauty therapists, manufacturers and safety advisers. Among its activities, the BMLA ensures improvement of safety and standards in lasers, and promotes collaboration between clinical, aesthetic, scientific and manufacturing disciplines.
The BMLA is a not-for-profit organisation that is voluntary to join.
Black Skin Directory (BSD)
The BSD was founded by aesthetician Dija Ayodele after noticing that many skin-of-colour patients struggled to find professionals able to treat their skin confidently. The award-winning organisation enables patients to find suitable practitioners, attend events and roadshows, as well as learn about different products that can safely treat their skin.
The Tweakments Guide
Established by journalist Alice Hart-Davis, The Tweakments Guide lists practitioners that Alice would trust to treat her personally. While practitioners pay an annual fee to be listed, many have treated Alice in the past, while others have treated an expert she trusts or passed stringent requirements. Alice is also the author of two books on aesthetics and skincare.
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
The society was founded to share ideas and knowledge to advance aesthetic plastic surgery across the globe. ISAPS surgeons are members of their national societies, with ISAPS serving as a bridge to connect all. Members will have a record of safety, demonstrated commitment to ethical practice and will have been trained in the most up-to-date techniques.
ISAPS is voluntary to join for plastic surgeons.
Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP)
The JCCP is a register that aesthetic practitioners (non-medical and medical) can join to demonstrate that they adhere to set principles based on their level of experience. Only medical practitioners are authorised to join the injectable treatments register. Accredited by the Professionals Standards Authority, the JCCP is also recognised by the Government, the Department of Health, NHS England and the Care Quality Commission. Members aim to meet the highest standards of quality, abide by the JCCP standards of practice and have proven that they are registered with their regulatory body.
The JCCP is a not-for-profit organisation that is voluntary for practitioners to join.
This register is made up of nurses, doctors, dentists and prescribing pharmacists working in aesthetics. Accredited by the Professionals Standards Authority, Save Face is also recognised by the Government, the Department of Health, NHS England and the Care Quality Commission. Each practitioner listed on the Save Face register has been inspected against a robust set of standards and checked to ensure they are legitimate, source products from reputable suppliers, and have procedures in place to aim to protect patients from harm.
Save Face is an organisation for profit that is voluntary for practitioners to join.
A Note from Us...
There are many organisations that do great work to support the aesthetic specialty, while others may have questionable motives. All those listed here have been selected by the Beauty Uncovered team following long-standing trusted relationships.
Of course, Beauty Uncovered and the organizations mentioned cannot guarantee that members associated with them comply with all standards set, so those seeking aesthetic treatment are always encouraged to do their own thorough research before choosing a practitioner.
We would always encourage you to undergo injectable aesthetic treatment with a medical practitioner who has appropriate insurance cover. To ensure your practitioner is medically-qualified and does not have any restrictions on their practice, you should look them up on the relevant regulatory body register.