Body Art

Body art is defined as body piercing, tattooing, branding, scarification, subdermal implants, tongue splitting, transdermal implants, or the application of permanent cosmetics. Environmental health professionals play an important role in inspecting and regulating body art establishments where the practices of body art are performed.

NEHA Body Art Initiative

NEHA is dedicated to supporting environmental health professionals in the regulation and inspection of body art facilities and is proud to partner with the AFDO Body Art Committee and the Body Art Education Alliance.
NEHA first introduced the Body Art Model Code in 1998. The NEHA Body Art Committee updated the Body Art Model Code in 2019 and created a supporting Annex.
NEHA is also working with our partners to support environmental health practitioners and the body art industry with the following initiatives:
  • Body Art Training Needs Assessment
  • Body Art Inspection Training
  • Body Art Inspection Job Aids
  • Body Art Policy Statements
  • Recommendations for areas of research related to body art
For questions regarding the NEHA Body Art Initiative, please contact Avery Moyler at

Body Art COVID-19 Resources

In support of safe operations around Covid-19 / coronavirus, The Body Art Education Alliance (BAEA)  has developed the resources and signage.

VIEW COVID-19 Resources

Emerging Issues

Due to the low availability of body art-related resources for environmental health professionals, there is an opportunity to create meaningful resources and partnerships for environmental health and body art professionals. Opportunities include:

  • increased advocacy for resources
  • development of trainings, guidelines, and best practices  
  • establishment of body art inspection standards
  • development of partnerships in the field

Newly Released - Updated Body Art Model Code

Since 2016, NEHA has been facilitating the revision of the 1999 Body Art Model Code (BAMC) with the Body Art Committee. The BAMC reflects best practices and body art inspection standards to ensure public health and safety in the field of body art.

 If you have any questions, please contact Christl Tate at


Learn more about the BAMC

Body Art Resources

NEHA resources include a focus on environmental health and body art.

View Body Art Resources

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