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Latvian government adopts stricter requirements for tattoo and piercing service providers

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis April, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved new requirements for tattoo and piercing service providers in order to protect consumers from different health risks that could occur if the service provider does not comply with hygiene requirements – cleaning, disinfecting and sterilization of tools. These amendments will come into force January 1st, 2016.

Because tattoo and piercing fall under the category of high-services, non-compliance with hygiene requirements can result in all kinds of diseases for the consumer, including B and C hepatitis or even HIV, as reported by Health Inspection.

Requirements have been added for service providers to have applicable education, as well as restrictions that apply to persons under the age of 18. Tattoo and piercing service providers will also be obligated to provide certain information to their customers. Restrictions will also apply to certain types of ink and piercing accessories.

For example, it will be prohibited to provide tattoo or piercing services to persons under the age of 18, unless they come with parents’ or guardian’s consent. It will also be prohibited to provide such services to people with visible symptoms of skin or mucosal diseases.

The Health Inspection had carried out a survey in 2013 in order to learn more of residents’ experience and opinion in regard to compliance with hygiene requirements in tattoo and piercing parlours. The survey helped compile answers from 386 respondents. Results of the survey helped indirectly reflect known problems and health risks in this sector.

16% of respondents mentioned having different complications after getting a tattoo or piercing (inflammation or suppuration; long wound healing process; wrong pierced piercing, etc.). 6% of respondents said they were not certain as to whether or not the tools used by tattoo or piercing providers were sterile at all. 2% mentioned that the room they were in had perfectly clean and sterile conditions. Respondents also mentioned that they knew the risks when they came to those service providers. Some of the respondents said they did not pay attention to certain risks and merely decided to trust the service provider’s honesty.

Because Latvia never had any requirements for tattoo or piercing services when they first appeared in the country, the adoption of specific requirements will provide Latvian consumers with sufficient protection of their rights. Compliance with requirements will be monitored by Latvian Health Inspection and Consumer Rights Protection Centre.

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