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Dr Godfrey Town Ph.D attended the 18th World Congress of IMCAS in Paris recently. He co-chaired a scientific session with Dr Christine Dierickx a key opinion leader in the world of laser and IPL hair removal. IMCAS is dedicated to achieving the highest quality of teaching through the interface of dermatology and plastic surgery. This year’s congress saw the launch of the online IMCAS Academy which allows subscribers access to the qualitative content that you see during an IMCAS congress....

Dr Godfrey Town Ph.D., Course Director of Online Laser Training recently travelled to Les Arcs in the French Alps to present the latest information on laser and IPL safety training in UK and the growing influence of home-use devices as “companion products” to professional treatments....

The newly issued NHS Health Education England 'Qualification requirements for delivery of cosmetic interventions and hair restoration surgery’ standard sets out future minimum educational requirements for therapists and practitioners using laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED). Highlights to be aware of include: • CQF (formerly “NVQ”) Level 4 (Foundation Degree Year 1 level) is the minimum educational level for the use of lasers/IPL/LED for the purpose of hair removal and treatment of benign dyschromias i.e. pigmentation associated with skin ageing and sun damage e.g. age spots (benign lentigo), small red veins and broken capillaries. • Laser/IPL treatment of...

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the UN has recognised the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionised medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society. IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political...

Since deregulation of lasers and IPLs in England in October 2010, the pilot scheme operated by most London Boroughs to implement licensing of establishments providing “special treatments” (such as massage, electrolysis, laser and intense light source therapy) under local legislation has been extended to a number of other cities in England and some provincial boroughs. The licensing process involves the issue of a “Special Treatments Licence” by the local council and inspection by Environmental Health. In London, the IHAS Essential Standards have generally been adopted and local councils have issued ‘Schedules of Requirements’ or ‘Code of Practice Conditions’ based on the...

A Public Consultation was run from 27th February to 4th May 2015 on a new draft European Standard dealing with non-surgical aesthetic treatments. The title of the Standard will be: “EN 16844 Aesthetic medicine services—Non-surgical medical procedures”. The Standard has been in development for the past four years by CEN TC CH403, the European Committee on Standardisation. The scope of the Standard includes treatments such as injectables (botulinum toxin and fillers), chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, skin rejuvenation / hair reduction and so on. This was the third Public Consultation that has been held by CEN on aesthetic treatments over the...