The 'Standard Setting Body' for the Hair and Beauty industry

Government approved

Setting the Standard

Setting the Standard

Habia is recognised by government as the Standard Setting Body for the hair, beauty, nails,  spa and aesthetic sectors. For more than thirty years  we have been developing national standards that form the basis of qualifications across the UK.

Setting the Standard

Setting the Standard

Setting the Standard

We work closely with Expert Working Groups (EWG) comprised of sector specialists  to  develop National Occupational Standard (NOS) that are then used as the basis of qualifications. 

Recent developments include the Advanced Aesthetic Standards - see section below for link - LIVE now!

Recently approved


Habia announces approval of National Occupational Standards for Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Habia/Skills Active have been working with industry experts and regulators nationwide to develop an updated suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures. 

Initial research began in February 2019. Expert working groups of industry professionals  developed the standards for botulinum toxin type A,  dermal fillers  medium grade chemical  skin peels, mesotherapy, advanced micro needling, advanced electrocautery and dermaplaning procedures.

View the standard at 

Diane Hey, Chair of the Advanced Aesthetics NOS Steering Group

'We have a debt of gratitude for the amount of voluntary contribution that industry specialists and regulators have come together to provide, ensuring the suite is compliant with regulations for elective non-surgical cosmetic procedure. There is a widespread desire to confirm the standards of practice expected in these modalities,  common to all four nations,  to promote public safety and a pathway for aesthetic practitioners and this suite provides the agreed standards of all relevant parties. ' 


This work supports the memorandum of understanding in place between Habia and the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners  (JCCP), bringing together a number of PRSB regulators and industry organisations to consolidate the recognition of the agreed practice standards in line with the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) from which qualifications can be aligned. 

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