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Acupuncture, Tattooing, Cosmetic Piercing and Electrolysis Registration

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  1. Introduction
  2. Register


You need to register with us if you’re going to carry out acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing or electrolysis. If you don’t, you may receive a fine.

If you provide tattooing or semi-permanent skin colouring, you can join the tattoo hygiene rating scheme.


You’ll need to pay £320 to register.

If you want to add an additional treatment after you’ve registered, you’ll need to pay and extra £54 for each treatment.

What you need to do

You must:

  • sterilise any equipment you use during treatments, including any containers for dyes used in tattooing
  • wear disposable gloves and protective clothing and change them between customers
  • use disposable paper sheet to cover treatment surfaces and replace it after each customer
  • disinfect treatment surfaces after each customer
  • display no smoking, no drinking and no eating signs where they can be clearly seen by customers
  • provide clean hot and cold running water, soap or detergent and hand washing facilities

You must display  a copy of your registration certificate and the byelaws (PDF 277kb) at your premises where customers can see it. If you don’t you may receive a fine.

Acupuncture and tattooing

Acupuncture and tattooing must be carried out in an area of the premises which is used exclusively for it.