Public Consultation Tattooing and Body Piercing Infection Control Guidance

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Tattooing and body piercings have become a popular and fashionable activity in recent years and the number of premises providing such service throughout Ireland has greatly increased. High standards of hygiene are necessary for those performing body piercing and tattooing in order to protect the health of the public.

The Department of Health in conjunction with the Health Service Executive is currently developing guidance on infection control for the tattooing and body piercing industry.  The purpose of the document is to provide guidance to the industry in the absence of sector specific regulation. It is intended to publish the guidance early next year.

To inform the development of the Guidance the Department is interested in receiving the views of the public and the industry on the draft document. Submissions should be sent by email to Closing date for receipt of submissions is 15th January, 2016.   Late or anonymous submissions will not be accepted.

All submissions received by the Department are subject to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2014 and may be released in response to an FOI request. The Department publishes responses to FOI requests online.

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