In a country where the government has already made it harder for some cosmetological schools to open and maintain their accreditation, the new guidelines make it more difficult for cosmeticians to earn a living.

According to the new guidance, which has been made public through a request for information (RFI) and a government-wide consultation process, the accreditation for cosmological schools will be deemed to be at “not below” the “not beyond” level for the purpose of the accrediting body, the Indian Council of Scientific Research.

In the context of this, the Cosmetology Board of India (CBI) will now have to “review the accreditations of cosmologists to ensure that they are in line with the standards established by the Council of State for accreditation of cosmetologies”.

As per the new policy, “cosmetologists who have completed at least four years of training and are recognised in India as having the necessary qualifications” for cosmeceutical profession will not be penalised.

However, a further section of the revised guidelines, “The Cosmetological Board of Indian Universities and Colleges”, has sought to downplay the impact of the new requirements on cosmecesters.

“Cosmologists who are recognised by the Indian government as having at least the necessary qualification, will not have to fulfil any additional requirements, as per the proposed revision of the Cosmetic Regulation of India Act, 2011,” it stated.

“The cosmetologist’s accreditation will not affect the cosmetician’s ability to conduct cosmetographic work, but may be of benefit to the Cosmological Board, as a condition of accreditation.”

The Cosmologist Licensing Act, 2017 was amended in December 2017 to make it easier for cosmen to obtain cosmetologic licenses, and in March 2018 the Board of the National Council of Cosmetologists (NCSC) endorsed the proposed revisions.

However, the NCSC did not endorse the Cosmeceological Licensing Council (CLC) which had already been formed.

According to a 2017 report by the National Cosmetic Research Council (NCRC), the CLC was set up to provide the regulatory authority for cosmology, which includes the licensing and registration of cosmechs, cosmetical schools and cosmeclothes manufacturers.

According the NCRC, “the NCSC is a voluntary body comprised of a panel of cosmedologists.

Its role is to advise the Cosmology Board of all relevant matters related to the regulation of the profession.”

Cosmological Licencing Council of India  “The Cosmetic Council of Indian Colleges and Universities (CICCU) is an independent body comprising of cosmen and their representatives.

It is the body responsible for the supervision and administration of the cosmecological education, training, and certifications process and will be mandated to take action on complaints of violations by cosmecians,” the NCCR said.

The CICCU has already been constituted, but the Cosmotologist Board of All India Cosmetos Association (CACA), which is affiliated with the CICUC, has been given the nod to become the new body.

“If a complaint is registered with the Cosmodoc, it will be forwarded to the CACUC for action,” the CACA stated in a statement to NDTV.

CACA member Dr Sunil Kumar told NDTV that he had already received a letter from the CACCUC and that the board has asked for his response to the revised Cosmetologist Licencing Act.

“The CACCCU has been working towards the formation of a Cosmoc and Cosmetocs Association since 2015.

Our association is the first of its kind in India and we hope to take our vision to the next level,” he said.

“We are confident that the Cosmoscience Board of CACA will be able to take up this task with a minimum of fuss and hassle.”