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Habia/SkillsActive have been working with industry experts and regulators nationwide to develop a suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Aesthetic Treatments. 

Initial research began February 2018. Expert working groups of industry professionals reviewed the standards for electrocautery, radio frequency, laser and light, superficial skin peeling, micro needling, micropigmentation and advanced micropigmentation. The wide range of industry experts developed the standards to ensure they meet the needs of employers, educators and learners. 

Habia/SkillsActive initiated a Nationwide Consultation to hear your views of the NOS development, responses were comprehensive and valuable. All feedback received were discussed, analysed and incorporated into the final versions. 

Diane Hey chair of the NOS review said “I wish to extend a huge debt of gratitude for the amount of voluntary contribution that Industry specialists and regulators have come together to provide, ensuring that the suite is compliant with regulations for non-surgical aesthetic procedures” Diane added “there is a widespread desire to confirm the standards of practice expected in these modalities common to all four nations to promote public safety and a pathway for aesthetic practitioners and this suite provides the agreed standards of all relevant parties. 

This work also supports the memorandum of understanding in place between Habia and the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), to consolidate the recognition of the agreed practice standards from which qualifications can be developed. 

National Occupational Standards (NOS) define the skills and knowledge required to work in a particular occupation, and are used in the development of training and recognised qualification programmes. Many organisations also use them for job descriptions, internal training and CPD. Insurance companies use standards as a bench mark to determine the level of risk and cover required. Regulators, such as Environmental Health Officers use them as a base to develop rules and licensing arrangements for various geographical locations. 

Tracey Holt, Standards and Qualifications Project Manager said “It’s been a pleasure to formulate, agree and submit an up to date suite of non-surgical Aesthetic NOS in such a fast paced sector to future proof the new and exciting opportunities and treatments.” 

The final suite of NOS are available for download at the NOS directory at www.ukstandards.org.uk