30 January 2020

Beauty salons in Scotland that provide dermal fillers or lip enhancements could soon have to be licensed if plans being considered by the Scottish Government are introduced.

The National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) is highlighting proposals that would require all non-health professionals providing non-surgical cosmetic procedures through piercing or penetrating the skin (e.g. dermal fillers or lip enhancements) to be licensed.

The proposals include:

  • A licence to be required for carrying on a business which provides non-surgical cosmetic procedures through piercing or penetrating the skin.
  • An inspection of premises by a local authority Environmental Health Officers (EHOs), assessing the salon against specified conditions before a licence is granted.
  • A requirement that an applicant's knowledge, skill, training and experience is taken into account when determining whether they are a fit and proper person to hold a licence.

The Scottish Government is currently seeking views on the plans until 30 April 2020.

NHBF Chief Executive Hilary Hall said “The NHBF will be responding to the consultation.  We welcome any moves to drive up standards and to protect the safety of clients.  We already work closely with environmental health teams to advise them on best practice health and safety standards for beauty salons. However, we will want to ensure that any new regulations do not unfairly penalise beauty professionals who have years of experience, appropriate training and qualifications and who run their businesses responsibly.”