The fourth annual Beauty Science Committee meeting took place recently in conjunction with the landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between the Association of International Certified Aesthetician (AICA), Standards Malaysia and IPEC Bureau that began a new era of regulatory efficiency and certified competency in the regional beauty and aesthetic science scene. The meeting, led by the CEO of IPEC Bureau Dr Juliana Lim, featured AICA and the Science of Face Art Committee (the sub-committee of Beauty Science) for the first time.

The meeting, held at Pullman Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, was also attended by the Head of IPEC’s Impartial Committee Dr George Lau and all the newly nominated committee members. Discussions centred around, among others, enhancing the beauty industry – which is presently unregulated – through development of quality and standardised services in line with consumer protection. The meeting went on to stress the importance of AICA’s role as the NGO that governs the industry’s affairs.

The importance of the IPEC ISO/IEC 17024 Certification of Persons to support the beauty and aesthetic science industry’s talent mobility in the ASEAN region, and the correlation between competency standards and training curriculums around the world, was also substantiated. Further discussions and review of the new certification schemes will take place at the next annual meeting, slated for 13 February, 2017.