Section 44(1)(b), 2  and Schedule 1

Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing Conditions


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Scottish Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing Working Group May 2014

The Civic Government(Scotland)Act 1982(Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing)Order 2006 introduces a mandatory licensing scheme for practitioners operating in Scotland who carry out any form of skin piercing or tattooing, and also for premises from which any of these practices are offered. The purpose of this licensing scheme is to introduce a national regulatory framework for the industry, ensuring consistent controls are put in place to manage and reduce the risks to public health arising from these activities. Responsibility for inspection of premises and enforcement of the new licensing scheme will be with the Environmental Health Department of your Local Authority. To assist with the implementation of the order an implementation guide has been compiled that details best practice information to assist officers in making decisions at a local level. This is seen as an open document and is available to download. In addition full national licence conditions have been compiled that have been adopted by each of the thirty two local authorities to again ensure consistency. They are also available to download. The general licence conditions cover the following: General state of repair of the premises. Physical layout of the premises. Waiting area requirements. Treatment area requirements. Cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation arrangements. Arrangements for waste and sharps disposal. Operator and equipment requirements. Client information, consent forms and record keeping.