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About Us

The Institute of Trichologists is the foremost professional association for trichologists in the World, the largest provider of trichology training in Europe and the longest established body of its type.

What it means to be an IOT member

Being a Trichologist in our organisation involves annually subscribing as a member and adhering to our strict code of Professional Practice and Ethics, which ensures that all members uphold patient safety as their number one priority

All registered members have undergone education programmes to qualify as a Trichologist. The education programmes cover scientific and medical aspects to help diagnose all hair loss/thinning/hair shaft disorders and scalp problems.

A registered member has been trained to recognise and assist or advise male and female patients of any ethnicity on:

– all hair loss or thinning problems such as alopecia’s, male/female baldness or diffuse loss
– structural problems or breakage concerns
– scalp disorders like dandruff, eczema/dermatitis or psoriasis
excessive unwanted hair – conditions known as hirsutism and hypertrichosis
– discolouration of the hair due to environmental factors
– general loss of appearance and/or condition of the hair
– counselling and appropriate referral for those patients contemplating hair transplantation or other hair replacement procedures

During clinical work, after consulting and diagnosing a patient some Trichologists conduct treatments in the clinic and some offer advice only, recommending treatments for home use outside the clinic.

Some of our members choose to list ‘Specialisms’ – this does NOT mean that this is their only area of practice, all members have been trained to deal with all aspects of hair and scalp disorders.

Trichologists are generally not medically qualified but are medically trained in areas pertaining to the health of the hair and scalp, therefore not usually registered with the GMC (General Medical Council). If they possess additional qualifications such as being a doctor or dermatologist, it will be shown by the use of post-graduate letters after their name or in their specialism/notes.


Legal Specialism

Some of our Trichologists have additional qualifications such as offering legal work as an Expert Witness in litigation cases. These will be addressed on their listing on our website under specialisms. It is up to the individual Trichologist and not the IoT to keep up to date with their legal requirements of any additional legal associations or bodies they belong to. Solicitors must contact the individual and request their CV for qualifications.

What does AIT/MIT/FIT mean?

Subscribing registered members who have qualified with the IoT are entitled to use their post graduate letters of AIT, MIT or FIT.

After successful completion of our two-year course the graduate becomes a fully qualified Trichologist and applies to the Board of Directors to join the Institute of Trichologists as an Associate member of The IoT (AIT).

AIT’s are qualified to practice in a clinic, however, to gain full membership in the IoT and become a MIT (full member of The IoT) they must undertake our mentorship programme.

Mentorship is for a two-year period where the AIT submits, to their Mentor, a number of anonymous case histories from their own consultation practice, to ensure the Trichologist is adhering to our code of ethics and upholding the IoT’s high standard. Upon submitting all the required documents, the Mentor advises the Board of Directors if the AIT has met all criteria for full membership and an application is submitted to the Board. If approved, the AIT then can use the post graduate MIT letters after their name.

Fellowship of the Institute (FIT) is awarded by invitation at the discretion of the Board following outstanding contributions to the IoT or submitting academic research within the Trichology industry.

Trichologists without these post graduate letters have not undergone training with the IoT.

As we move forward with our Professional Standards Authority Certifications, more categories of membership will be added and fully explained. We will keep our information updated and current as changes are made.

Please note that not all of our Trichologist members choose to have their clinic listed on the IOT website, but they are still very much a member and appropriately qualified if they use our post graduate letters.

If you are in any doubt, please contact us and we can verify a Trichologist is a registered member.

International Affiliate (UK) is any person who resides outside the UK and does not hold any other grade of membership with the Institute. They have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board of Directors a professional knowledge of the science of the hair and scalp. They are also required to abide by the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.

What we do for our members:

Members have the honour of of being part of the longest-established Trichology organisation (established in 1902). Members have the opportunity to attend our organised CPD days to update their knowledge-base and to network with colleagues. They can be actively involved in developing and promoting Trichology as a much needed allied healthcare service and can be confident of doing so within well defined guidelines that keep both the general public and Members safe.

We produce our own regular newsletters, throughout the year, giving updates and opportunities (business & Trichological), sharing research and updating the members on what the Institute has been doing to promote our Trichology businesses through external events and the media.

What are CPD Points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. Our members are encouraged to attend organised member-only events to update their knowledge on the recent research and extend their knowledge-base, and to keep their practice up to date with current Trichological and business issues. The minimum requirement to maintain your Membership is to accrue at least 5 CPD Points annually. 

On a member’s listing you will see a points log. For each development event the member attends, the points awarded equate to hours of CPD completed. We share the total accrued by each within the last 2 years.

To view our Continual Professional Development Policy, click here