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Clinic is fined over illegal hair removal

A POPULAR skin care clinic in Dorridge was one of five salons prosecuted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for operating hair removal lasers without registration.

A POPULAR skin care clinic in Dorridge was one of five salons prosecuted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for operating hair removal lasers without registration.

Skin Health Spa in Station Road is part of Waveriver Limited, who own another four Skin Health Spa clinics in London and Manchester.

Beauticians operating intense pulsed light (IPL) and lasers used for hair removal are legally obliged to register their services with the regulator to ensure minimum quality standards are provided and consumers are protected. The company now faces fines and costs totalling ?13,000.

The cases were held at courts between October 5 and 21 where magistrates heard that hair removal lasers were being used illegally at five branches of the chain. Waveriver was fined ?2,000 for breach of the Care Standards Act 2000 in each case.

Costs were ?565 against the service at London Selfridges, ?631 against the London Brushfield Street store, ?565 against the London Wigmore Street store, ?526 against the Solihull branch and ?618 against the Manchester branch.

Tim Weller, CQC senior enforcement manager, said: “IPL and lasers can cause harm if they are not used properly. That’s why we register services and check they are meeting standards on quality and safety. We won’t tolerate services that don’t meet legal requirements on safety and quality and will take robust action through the courts where necessary.”

Nick Hayward, managing director for spokesperson for Waveriver said: “Waveriver Ltd purchased the Skin Health Spa five clinics in August 2008. The company, under the same trading name of Skin Health Spa was previously registered for the Healthcare Commission prior to the sale and we were of the understanding that we had a period of time to re-register under the new company. We are expecting to be registered in the near future.”

 

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