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Body piercing rules announced
The law aims to improve hygiene standards in piercing studios
The government has announced plans to impose stricter rules on body piercing outlets in England.

The move aims to improve hygiene and cleanliness standards and reduce the risk of customers being infected.

Ministers will put forward an amendment to the Local Government Bill currently going through parliament.

If passed, it will give local authorities the power to inspect and regulate outlets that offer body piercing and tattooing.

At the moment, only local authorities in London have the power to inspect these outlets.

The amendment aims to extend that to local authorities in the rest of England.

Better hygiene

Under the proposals, firms offering body piercing, temporary tattooing, semi-permanent make-up or skin colouring will have to register with local authorities.

The law will protect the health of the public
Public Health Minister Melanie Johnson
Public Health Minister Melanie Johnson said the proposed changes will benefit the public.

"The proposed change in the law will protect the health of the public by ensuring that the good standards of hygiene and cleanliness in body piercing and tattooing enjoyed in London are extended to the rest of the country.

Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford added: "I'm pleased that we have been able to bring forward this amendment in the Local Government Bill.

"It will give local authorities important new powers to make all kinds of tattooing and body piercing much safer."

The government signalled its intention to change the law earlier this year following the death of a 17-year-old boy who had his lip pierced.

Daniel Hindle died in December last year of septicaemia, two months after he visited a Sheffield studio to have a ring fitted to his lip.

The A-level student, who had battled against a potentially fatal heart condition since birth, fell ill just days after the piercing.

His mother Christina Anderson has been campaigning for stricter rules on body piercing.

A spokeswoman for the Royal College of Nursing said: "We welcome the government's plans and hopes the good practice developed in London will be mirrored around the country."

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