Written Answers. - Tattooing Industry.

Mary Upton

Question:

209 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Health and Children if he proposes to provide a regulatory framework for the tattooing industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22111/02]

There is no legislation specifically regulating the operation of tattooists in this country and there are no plans to introduce any such regulations. The aim of the Department is to have 'good practice' guidelines drawn up, rather than specific regulations. It is intended that these guidelines will serve to assist environmental health officers in their inspection of premises under the infectious diseases regulations.