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CTIA rapped by DWP for claiming government funding for beauty therapist injectable training

Aesthetic organisations say that Beauty Therapists don’t have the qualifications and medical skills needed to safely carry out Botox injections.

Remote prescribing of Botox by Doctors over telephone and internet banned by GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC) will issue new rules to its members, UK Doctors, stating that the practice of remotely prescribing prescription only botulinum toxin products, such as the brands Botox, Vistabel, Azzalure, Dysport, Xeomin and Bocouture will no longer be permitted and Doctors must see a patient face-to-face before issuing a prescription for the drug; (although they may still delegate the administration of it to someone under their supervision, such as a nurse).

Podiatrists Injecting Botox! Just where does the foot end?

Some training companies are openly targeting and promoting training courses in prescription only botulinum toxins (Botox) and dermal fillers direct to Healthcare Professionals, those registered as Podiatrists.

Treatments You Can Trust Launches New 7 Point Plan

The Department of Health backed Treatments You Can Trust register celebrated the 2nd anniversary of their self regulation register related to clinics and practitioners offering injectable cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Dermal Fillers. Sally Taber announced the 7 challenges that the group have targeted in terms of their focus for future development of the scheme to help improve standards in this sector of the market.

Group Deals: Dont Be Fooled By Bargain Botox

In response to a Wowcher advert that advertised discount Botox treatments in the Metro in violation of the Advertising Standards Authority recommendations, IHAS are warning not to subscribe to these potentially unsafe and misleading deals.

TreatmentsYouCanTrust.co.uk joins the debate on Cosmetic Injectables and non-medically qualified people

Sally Taber responds to the CTIA's stance that Aesthetic Therapists are the "best practitioners" for the job when it comes to cosmetic injectables.

Needles at Dawn! Beauty Therapists Challenge IHAS Over Who Should be Allowed to Inject Botox & Dermal Fillers

Who should and shouldn`t be allowed to inject the general public with cosmetic injectable products including dermal fillers and botulinum toxins. The Cosmetic Treatments and Injectables Association (CTIA) has openly set out to challenge the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) and its Treatments You Can Trust Register which excludes practitioners who arent doctors, dentists or registered nurses from its government backed quality assurance accreditation scheme for cosmetic injectable providers.

Treatments You Can Trusts tries to get message across on ITV Daybreak

Sally Taber, Head of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services which is behind the Treatments You Can Trust Quality Assurance Scheme for Cosmetic Injectable Providers took the message about cosmetic injectables to ITV's Daybreak programme hosted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.

IHAS announces new members of Governance Group for Treatments You Can Trust

IHAS announced the newly formed Governance Group for Treatments You Can Trust (www.treatmentsyoucantrust.co.uk). This Group aims to guarantee the independence of the Register and ensure that consumer safety remains the number one propriety.

Coming Soon - European Standards for Aesthetic Surgical Procedures?

I was invited to speak at a recent meeting on the subject of Cosmetic Surgery Trends. The focus of the meeting revolved around the lack of effective regulation.

Inaugural BACN Meeting a Success!

The inaugural conference of the BACN was truly a turning point when aesthetic nurses found their voices.

VIVA LAS IAAFA! A round-up of this year's meeting.

I recently attended the Annual Conference of the International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics (IAAFA), held at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Podcast: The risks of using counterfeit Botox and Dermal Fillers and an update on regulation

In this podcast Adrian Richards talks to Ron Myers from Consulting Room about the rise in counterfeit Botox and dermal fillers,

Treatments You Can Trust Launches to the Public but BAAPS Condemns it as State Sponsored Marketing

The Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers (Quality Assurance Mark) officially launches to the general public today (Monday 13th September), yet the scheme is already courting disapproval from the UKs largest surgeon association, namely the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

Cutting the Red Tape: Laser/IPL suppliers targeting sales using de-regulation; Right or wrong?

I recently saw an advert from an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) manufacturer which was targeted through an industry publication aimed at beauty professionals. It highlighted that clinics and salons can now offer IPL hair removal without the red tape of regulation. Is this really an ethical method of advertising?

The Club of Seven

My company was the first to register with the TreatmentsYouCanTrust scheme and to date were part of an elite Club of Seven.

CODE Lobbies IHAS to Include Dental Hygienists in Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers

CODE the Association of Dental Practice plan to lobby the IHAS to accept Dental Hygienists to the quality mark registration for cosmetic injectable providers.

Treatments You Can Trust - The Nitty Gritty of Online Registration for the IHAS Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers

Having recently successfully completed the IHAS Quality Mark Assurance scheme online registration process and, following scrutiny by CHKS, the third party company who administer the scheme, received confirmation that our clinic has been accepted onto the register, I now know the detail and evidence of documentation required to show, in principle, that the business operates in accordance with the standards required.

IHAS Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers Quality Assurance Mark Scheme - Good Thing? Bad Thing?

Tuesday 13th April saw the launch to the aesthetic industry of this much anticipated shared regulation scheme aimed at screening and registering healthcare professionals (doctors, dentists and registered nurses only) and the clinics and facilities in which they operate and offer injectable cosmetics such as botulinum toxins and dermal fillers to the public.

The Mad, Mad World of Medical Aesthetics

It has been reported that a company in Doncaster is once again offering botulinum toxin training to Beauty Therapists. The fact that this is allowed to happen demonstrates the ridiculous lack of legislation in this country regarding medical aesthetics.