The Scottish Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing Working Group was established in June 2006, in response to the introduction of the licensing of skin piercing and tattooing in Scotland.
The core membership of the working group was based on the existing Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland group who have professional responsibility for this area. Additional members were invited from Health Protection Scotland, Scottish Executive and the 32 local authorities in Scotland.
Morag Sangster and Mark Perry from the Tattooing and Piercing Industry Union (TPI); Julian Ball from Prestige Medical Ltd and John Manolakis from the Ear Piercing Manufacturers of Europe Ltd participated in an advisory role.
The membership of the group is as follows:
Mr Graham Robertson (Chair), Executive Council Member, REHIS
Dr Carole McRae, Epidemiologist, Health Protection Scotland
Mrs Kerry Chalmers, Public Health Team, Scottish Executive
Mr Simon Brownlee, East Dunbarton Council, West of Scotland Liaison Group
Mr Steve Dunn, Perth and Kinross Council, Central, Fife and Tayside Group
Miss Ruth Ewing, Dundee City Council, Central, Fife and Tayside Group
Mr Martin Gibb, Glasgow City Council, West of Scotland Liaison Group
Mr John Lee, Highland Council, North of Scotland Liaison Group
Ms Lorrainne MacGillivray, West Dunbarton Council, West of Scotland Group
Mr Iain McCluskey, West Lothian Council, Lothian and Borders Group
Miss Heather Taylor, Edinburgh City Council, Lothian and Borders Group.
As a result of the Working Group amendments were made to the licensing regulation in Scotland, a national training event was held and national conditions and guidance were produced.