Regulations for the use of Lasers & Pulsed Light Devices in the UK
In England, Laser and IPL users providing simple non-surgical and non-medical cosmetic laser and IPL treatments are controlled by local authority Environmental Health Officers
These treatments include:
- Tattoo Removal
- Hair Reduction
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Wrinkle Reduction
- Laser Lipolysis
In Parts of England laser and IPL users will require a “Special Treatment License” and will need to apply to the local council, this is different to any treatment license issued for tattooing.
A list of full requirements should be available from each council & borough you intend to be working in. In our experience some EHO's are far stricter than others, so always best to check with then first!
In Wales all users of lasers and IPL machines whether for simple cosmetic treatments or medical use need to register with the Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW)
In Northern Ireland all users of lasers and IPL machines whether for simple cosmetic treatments or medical use need to register with the Northern Ireland Standards Authority.
In Eire the regulations are similar to England and the advice of your local council should be sought
In Scotland the regulations are similar to England and the advice of your local council should be sought.
The current regulations came into force during October 2010 and are still valid as of March 2016
For clinic with medically trained staff offering more invasive, surgical treatments with Laser/IPL, registering with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is required.
New Laser and Light Qualifications?
Eclipse Lasers Ltd have had many inquiries regarding the regulations changing for Laser Qualifications.
You will find on the internet a lot of conflicting information and it will appear that it will soon be a legal requirement to obtain a 'Level 4' qualification to carry out non-invasive, non-surgical treatments such as Laser Tattoo Removal.
To ease many concerns there is currently no confirmed government plans to change, or introduce new regulations in England.
Scotland are looking to bring in some regulations (although nothing confirmed).
In January 2016 the Health Education England (HEE) published published two reports aimed at improving and standardising the training available to practitioners who carry out non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as botox, chemical peels, laser hair removal & laser tattoo removal etc.
These reports can be downloaded from the HEE website: https://hee.nhs.uk/news-events/news/new-qualifications-unveiled-improve-safety-non-surgical-cosmetic-procedures
So ignore the scaremongering, it simply a suggested framework and as previously mentioned there are no planned changes despite how some websites & companies may be portraying otherwise.
However a number of industry organizations and insurance companies appear to be pressing for stricter requirements and regulations within the industry, many who would benefit financially from them.