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Input on Body Art Model Code Requested

We are updating our model code for body art and request review and comment from both the environmental health and body art communities. The NEHA Body Art Model Code serves as a resource for local and state organizations to update their own body art code to protect public health.   

“Our goal is to provide the best, most useful guidance possible so that environmental health professionals at the local level can focus on the real work of partnering with body art facilities to keep communities safe and healthy,” said Dr. David Dyjack, NEHA executive director.

Visit NEHA www.neha.org/BAMCChange to propose a change to the code by June 30, 2022, to submit their comments.


Body Art Policy Statement

Body art is regulated by state and local jurisdictions, and there is great variation in licensing and training requirements across jurisdictions. Body art safety is a critical element of environmental health. NEHA developed a policy statement to advocate to stakeholders the importance of uniform safety standards, licensing requirements, and training. NEHA recommends legislation requiring that body artists are licensed and work in licensed facilities, standardized body art-specific training requirements for body artists and environmental health professionals, and adequate enforcement mechanisms for such requirements. NEHA advocates for health departments to adopt the most recent version of the Body Art Model Code. 

View the full policy statement here


Body Art Model Code Annex

The NEHA Body Art Model Code Annex was recently published and can be found here. The NEHA Body Art Model Annex provides justification, rationale, and best practices to support the requirements outlined in the NEHA Body Art Model Code. The Annex is available for state and local agencies and other organizations as a resource for updating body art codes and protecting public health.


 

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Body Art Policy Statements

One of NEHA’s responsibilities is to speak up on issues of concern to our members and the profession through the adoption of policy statements. These are statements that have been vetted by NEHA and adopted by the NEHA Board of Directors as official statements of the association. These statements set forth NEHA’s beliefs on a specific subject related to environmental health, and are shared with state, local and federal policy makers, including both the executive and legislative branches, as well as relevant environmental and public health boards.

These policies remain active for 3 years from their adoption by the NEHA Board.

NEHA Body Art Policy Statements

  • Body Art Policy Statement
    • NEHA recommends legislation requiring that body artists are licensed and work in licensed facilities, standardized body art-specific training requirements for body artists and environmental health professionals, and adequate enforcement mechanisms for such requirements. NEHA advocates for health departments to adopt the most recent version of the Body Art Model Code. 
  • Ear Piercing Guns Policy Statement
    • NEHA recommends that ear piercing gun use be held to the same standards as other piercing techniques as outlined in the NEHA Body Art Model Code to ensure safe body art procedures and to protect public health. NEHA advocates for national, state, and local policies, regulations, research, and resources that will enhance the ability of environmental health professionals to ensure the practice of safe body art procedures.
  • Microblading Policy Statement
    • NEHA recommends that microblading and permanent cosmetic procedures be held to the same standards as other tattooing techniques as outlined in the NEHA Body Art Model Code to ensure safe body art procedures and to protect public health. NEHA advocates for national, state, and local policies, regulations, research, and resources that will enhance the ability of environmental health professionals to ensure the practice of safe body art procedures.

 

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Webinar: Your Questions, Your Topics: Body Art Regulations and Innovations

Your Questions, Your Topics: Body Art Regulations and Innovation

Join the Association of Food and Drug Officials' Body Art Committee and the National Environmental Health Association for a one-of-a-kind, thought-provoking body art adventure with a panel of body art experts including environmental health specialists, body artists that specialize in different techniques, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators, past and present.

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