Tattooing and Skin Piercing

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Campbell Martin Campbell Martin Independent

Question S2W-32436

To ask the Scottish Executive whether there was a working group on the licensing of skin piercing and tattooing and, if so, who its members were, what the background was of each member and on what basis they were appointed to the group.

Photo of Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour

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.

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