The case for self-regulation

The case for self-regulation

BABTAC was founded on the principles of working for our members, promoting the beauty industry and raising standards. Our campaigning work has always played a vital part of this, following on from the article in the last issue we take a look at the work that has already been undertaken by our team, on behalf of you, our members.


BABTAC’s work to date…

Our work has centred on hosting industry forums and discussions surrounding the potential for regulation. Highlighting its importance via Government Consultations and professional partnerships. Activities include:

  • Hosting industry forums with key partners including employers, training providers and consumers. These have informed the direction of our regulation models.

  • Human Trafficking: initial exposé in partnership with the Sunday Times, giving rise to:

  • Contribution to a consultation on human trafficking led by Jenny Marra MSP     

  • Consumer facing partnership with Unseen to raise awareness of trafficking

  • Supporting PR & Press coverage to trade and consumer publications

  • Approaches to Kevin Hyland, Sarah Newton MP, Crimestoppers and GALAA

  • Attendance at a number of Human Trafficking and Exploitation events during 2017


  • Non-surgical Cosmetic Interventions: extensive contribution to the consultation led by Sir Bruce Keogh, including submission of regulatory frameworks. Formal recommendation was for mandatory regulation; ultimate adoption was voluntary regulation.


  • Consumer awareness campaigning including our 'Qualified, Verified and Insured' campaign to encourage consumers to use a reputable therapist / salon.


  • Council Licensing Model development, aimed at easy adoption for Local Authorities where specific issues have arisen. BABTAC membership is encouraged as an alternative to licensing in many regions, including Westminster.


  • Representation on key industry committees including BSI and the Sector Skills Councils.


  • Pursuing partnerships and collaborations with other relevant industry associations.


  • Peripheral role as a professional association, driving for increased standards and greater awareness, on topics such as fungal infections, a drive to ban MMA etc. which although not directly related to regulation, does support industry and consumer awareness and provide a platform for communication.

As we look to the future BABTAC will continue to focus on the importance of self-regulation together with campaigning on other issues that impact our members and standards within the beauty industry – working together to promote the best in beauty.