Call for con­sen­sus on tat­toos

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NEWS Staff Re­porter RE­GIONAL di­rec­tor for health in Mur­cia, José Car­los Vi­cente has asked the Min­istry of Health in Madrid to work on a stan­dard law to cover tat­too and pierc­ing stu­dios, so that all re­gions in Spain have the same leg­is­la­tion.

Sr Vi­cente pointed out that pro­fes­sional and health re­quire­ments to open and run a tat­too stu­dio and to work as a tat­tooist should be the same through­out the coun­try. He noted that the only au­tho­rised tat­too ink was the one per­mit­ted by the na­tional medicine agency, but other re­quire­ments were dif­fer­ent in each re­gion.

“In some re­gions the open­ing li­cences are is­sued by town halls, and in oth­ers by re­gional gov­ern­ments, and there are huge dif­fer­ences in the pro­fes­sional and health re­quire­ments,” he noted, go­ing on to say it is im­por­tant th­ese pro­fes­sion­als ad­here to strict training stan­dards and san­i­tary guide­lines.

He said that se­ri­ous in­fec­tions and diseases could be spread by un­qual­i­fied tat­tooists and il­le­gal tat­too and pierc­ing stu­dios.

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