Special Procedures Register Proposed - Wales UK


Conwy Castle Gwynedd Wales

Publication Details

Published: 03/04/2014

Abstract: The Welsh government in the UK has detailed their proposal for a National Special Procedures Register in Wales via a white-paper that may result in stricter regulations for semi-permanent skin colouring aka Cosmetic Tattooing.

by Editorial Team

On the 02/04/2014 the Welsh government opened the consultation period for their Public Health White Paper which contains a range of proposals cover a range of public health issues, including taking steps to;

  • "improve the regulation of certain types of procedures such as cosmetic piercing and tattooing."

The consultation document details how over the last decade, cosmetic procedures such as body piercing and tattooing have become increasingly popular and fashionable, in Wales and that;

"There are known and well reported health risks connected to these procedures if they are carried out in an unhygienic fashion. It is therefore important that practitioners have safe working practices, and particularly that good infection control practices are followed at all times, so that both clients and practitioners are protected."

In particular the the white paper contains the proposal to establish a National Special Procedures Register in Wales;

"The Register would cover cosmetic piercing, tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, acupuncture and electrolysis. Practitioners and businesses would need to meet specified standards to obtain registration and then practice to specified standards to maintain this registration. This would include a requirement for practitioners and businesses to undertake a standardised pre and post consultation with customers and to maintain records."

The white paper goes on to detail concerns that some local authorities in Wales have not voluntarily adopted the provisions within the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 or the Welsh Government model byelaws relating to the cleanliness and hygiene of premises, practitioners and equipment. It also points out that currently;

  • "there is no ‘fit and proper person test’ or any requirement for practitioners to be sufficiently trained and/or qualified; and
  • there is no requirement for consent forms, pre and post consultation, aftercare advice or record keeping."

Under point 6.19 it is detailed that a National Special Procedures Register would cover a specified list of treatments including;

"ii) tattooing"
"iii) semi-permanent skin colouring"

NB. The consultation period and opportunity for comments closes on the 24/06/2014 so technicians who may be affected by this new piece of proposed legislation are advised to consider their input before the closing date.