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.

The National Environmental Health Association advocates for and develops national standards, best practices, and resources that will enhance the abilities of environmental health professionals to ensure safe body art practices and protect public health. In 1999, NEHA developed the Body Art Model Code to identify best practices and body art inspection standards and is currently working on the second edition of the Code. NEHA established the Body Art Committee, comprised of regulatory and industry professionals, that is dedicated to developing resources and fostering improved body art practices.

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.

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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.

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