Body piercing regulation in the uk

In the U.K. Body Piercing is an unregulated industry and only requires the studio to be registered with the Environmental Health Department of their local Council. In addition, there are rules which prohibit or recommendations not to use some forms of anaesthetics. There are also, unlike Tattooing, no minimum age requirements for the Piercee, although professional Body Piercers will act responsibly. In some areas of London there are voluntary codes about minimum ages, but this varies from borough to borough.

There are not any regulations covering the training of Body Piercers. It is suggested people do a lot of research into this area and only go to those schools who are recommended from within the industry, have a good track record, are long established and preferably allowing membership of a professional association once the course is successfully completed. There are also no regulations covering those who teach Body Piercing. Body Piercing is not in the Life Long Skills Sector.

Cosmetic Piercing (Age of Consent) (Wales) Bill,[1]

A consultation to get views on how to make cosmetic piercing safer for young people began 18 October 2011 and closed 31 January 2012 Wales The lead petitioner was Russell Downe,[2] a father of two and a town councillor from Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan whose campiagned for a change in law



External links

  • website of The Association of Professional Piercers (International)
  • Ear Piercing
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