Tattooing (Jersey) Law 2002
A LAW to regulate the practices of
acupuncture, body and ear piercing, electrolysis and tattooing and the premises
on which those practices are conducted, whether or not for reward, and for
matters incidental thereto and connected therewith
In this Law, unless the context otherwise
“acupuncture” means the insertion of solid needles into
the skin in order to stimulate nerve impulses for medical purposes;
“body piercing” means total or partial penetration of
any part of the skin other than the lower non-cartilaginous lobe of the pinna,
using a needle or other implement, with the intention of creating an aperture
for decorative or cosmetic purposes, including insertion through or into the
skin, whether or not by the person carrying out the body piercing, of
“Commission” means the Health and Social Care Commission
established by Article 35 of the Regulation of Care (Jersey)
“designated officer” means a person appointed under Article 7;
“doctor” means a medical practitioner registered under
the Medical Practitioners
(Registration) (Jersey) Law 1960;
“ear piercing” means total or partial penetration of the
lower non-cartilaginous lobe of the pinna, using a needle or other implement,
with the intention of creating an aperture for decorative or cosmetic purposes,
including insertion through or into the skin, whether or not by the person
carrying out the ear piercing, of decorative jewellery;
“electrolysis” means the insertion of needles into the
skin in order to apply electrical current for medical or cosmetic purposes;
“prescribed” means prescribed by Order made by the Chief
“registered person” and “registered premises”
mean a person or premises, as the case may be, registered under this Law;
“tattooing” means the insertion into the skin of any
colouring material for decorative purposes and designed to leave a permanent
“treatment” means any operation in administering
acupuncture, body or ear piercing, electrolysis or tattooing.
for persons and premises to be registered
(1) Subject to paragraphs (2)
and (3), a person shall not administer treatment to another person (whether or
not for reward) unless he or she and any premises from which he or she
administers treatment are registered by the Commission in accordance with this Law.
(2) A registered person may
occasionally administer treatment elsewhere than from registered premises if he
or she has the prior approval of the Commission.
(3) This Article shall not
apply to a person who is registered under any other Law which permits the
administering of treatment as part of the professional activities which that person
is registered to perform in Jersey.
(4) Every registration
under this Law shall expire on the 31st December next following the date on
which it takes effect but shall be renewable annually in accordance with this Law.
for and renewal of registration
An application for registration or renewal of registration under Article 2
(a) be in such form as the Commission
(b) specify the categories
of treatment in respect of which it is made;
(c) contain or be
accompanied by such particulars as the Commission may require; and
(d) be accompanied by such
fee as may be prescribed (which shall not be refunded if the application or
renewal is refused).
of applications and maintenance of register
(1) Subject to paragraph (2),
the Commission shall register a person or premises under this Law if and only
if the Commission is satisfied –
the person possesses such qualifications and experience as may be prescribed;
the premises and any equipment used in connection with the administration of
any treatment meet such conditions as may be prescribed.
(2) The Commission may
refuse to register or renew the registration –
any person the Commission considers not to be a fit and proper person to
administer the treatment the person proposes to administer; or
any premises the Commission considers to be unsuitable for the purposes of
administering the treatment proposed to be administered from those premises.
(3) Where the Commission
registers or renews the registration of any person or premises the Commission
may impose such conditions on such registration as it thinks fit.
(4) The Commission shall
maintain a register of registered persons and registered premises, and the
register shall –
the categories of treatment to which the registration relates;
such other particulars as may be prescribed; and
(c) be available
for inspection at reasonable times by members of the public.
(5) Where a person or
premises have been registered and any of the particulars required to be
supplied to the Commission under Article 3(1)(c) have changed, the person
concerned shall inform the Commission as soon as reasonably practicable.
(6) The Commission may make
such alterations to the register as are necessary to ensure its accuracy.
in connection with registration
(1) A person
Article 2(1); or
any condition imposed under Article 4(3) or fails to comply with Article 4(5),
shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding
level 3 on the standard scale.
(2) A person who wilfully
procures or attempts to procure himself or herself or any other person to be
registered by making or producing, or causing to be made or produced, any false
or fraudulent representation or declaration, either orally or in writing, shall
be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2
years or to a fine, or both.
(3) An owner or occupier of
any premises who knowingly allows –
premises, not being registered in accordance with this Law, to be used for the
purpose of administering treatment; or
(b) any person
who is not registered in accordance with this Law to administer treatment on
shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding
level 3 on the standard scale.
of persons not of full age
(1) Subject to paragraph (2)
a person shall not –
body piercing or tattooing to a person under the age of 16 years;
body piercing or tattooing to a person aged more than 16 years but under
full age without the prior written consent of that person’s parent or
acupuncture, ear piercing or electrolysis to a person under the age of 16
years without the prior written consent of that person’s parent or
(2) Paragraph (1)
shall not apply where the treatment consists of any procedure performed by a
doctor or a dentist in the course of his or her practice as such.
(3) A person who
intentionally or recklessly contravenes paragraph (1) shall be guilty of
an offence and liable –
the case of an offence under paragraph (1)(a) to imprisonment for a term
not exceeding 5 years or to a fine, or both; and
the case of an offence under paragraph (1)(b) or (c) shall be liable to a
fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
(1) The Commission may
appoint in writing any person whom the Commission considers to be suitably
qualified, to be a designated officer for the purposes of all or any part of
(2) A designated officer
who is exercising his or her powers under this Law shall on
evidence of his or her authority to do so; and
his or her name and the power that he or she proposes to exercise.
powers of entry and investigation
(1) A designated officer
may, in respect of any registered premises, for the purposes of ascertaining
compliance with this Law –
inspect or search the premises;
or remove for examination, analysis or as evidence any substances, articles or
other things found there;
any records kept there; or
any person there to furnish such information as he or she may reasonably
require with respect to the premises or any person who has administered
treatment from the premises.
(2) A power under this Article
shall only be exercised –
there are reasonable grounds for doing so;
the manner that is proportionate and otherwise reasonable;
(c) at a
reasonable hour; and
the designated officer has given not less than 48 hours’ notice in
writing to the owner or the occupier of the premises.
(3) Paragraph (2)(c)
and (d) shall not apply in an emergency.
(4) Where the Bailiff, a
Jurat, the Magistrate or Sous-Magistrat is satisfied on sworn
there are reasonable grounds for the exercise of any power under paragraph (1);
in the circumstances of the case it is desirable to grant a warrant under this paragraph,
he or she may grant a warrant to a designated officer authorizing
the officer at any time to enter the premises specified in the warrant and
there exercise any powers under paragraph (1) and in doing so to use any
reasonable force necessary.
(5) A warrant shall continue
in force until –
purposes for which the warrant is granted have been fulfilled; or
expiry of the period of one month following its grant.
(6) A person who without
reasonable excuse intentionally obstructs a designated officer who is exercising
or seeking to exercise any power under this Article shall be guilty of an
offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
(7) Where a designated
officer has exercised any powers under this Article in respect of registered
premises, he or she shall in writing inform the owner or occupier of the
premises as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event within 21
the powers he or she has so exercised; and
everything he or she has taken or removed in the course of exercising those
The Commission may issue Codes of Practice setting out –
(a) the practice and
procedures that should be adopted by a registered person in administering any
(b) the standards to which
registered premises and any equipment used in connection with the
administration of treatment should conform; and
(c) the records that should
be kept in respect of persons to whom, and the premises at which, treatment is
(1) Where a registered person
has been convicted of an offence under this Law the court may, in addition to
any other penalty it may wish to impose, order that his or her registration
and, if he or she is the only registered person administering treatment from
registered premises, the registration in respect of those premises, be revoked.
(2) Where the Commission is
a registered person –
(i) has contravened
or failed to comply with any condition imposed under Article 4(3) with
respect to his or her registration or that of registered premises from which he
or she administers treatment,
contravened or failed to comply with any provision of this Law or any Order
made or Code of Practice issued thereunder, or
otherwise not a fit and proper person to be administering the treatment he or
she is administering; or
registered premises are unsuitable for the purposes of administering the
treatment proposed to be administered from those premises,
the Commission may revoke his or her registration and, if he or she
is the only registered person administering treatment from registered premises,
the registration in respect of those premises.
(1) Where the Commission
proposes to refuse registration or to grant such registration subject to
conditions under Article 4, or to revoke such registration under Article 10,
it shall give the person concerned written notice of –
Commission’s intention to do so and the reasons for so doing; and
person’s right to be heard in person or by a representative if it informs
the Commission in writing of his or her desire to do so within 14 days of
(2) If the Commission,
after having given the person concerned an opportunity to be heard, decides to
refuse the application, imposes conditions or revokes the registration, the Commission
shall if the person requires deliver to him or her within 7 days of
receiving such request written particulars of the reasons for the Commission’s
decision and the person’s right of appeal.
(3) A person aggrieved by
such decision of the Commission may, within 28 days from the date on which
the person is notified of it under paragraph (2) appeal to the Inferior
Number of the Royal Court.
(4) Subject to paragraph (5),
where the Commission has revoked the registration of any person or premises
such revocation shall not take effect until the 28 days after the person
concerned receives notification of the revocation or his or her appeal has been
dismissed, whichever is the earlier.
(5) Where the Commission
considers that it is necessary in the public interest for the revocation of a
registration under this Law to have immediate effect, the Commission may apply
to the Bailiff, a Jurat, the Magistrate or Sous-Magistrate, who may make such
(6) On an appeal under this
Article the court may confirm, reverse or vary the Commission’s decision.
(1) The Chief Minister may
make Orders generally for carrying this Law into effect and in particular but
without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, for prescribing any
matter which may be prescribed by this Law.
(2) An Order under this Law
requirements with respect to registered persons and registered premises; and
that a person who contravenes or fails to comply with any such requirement
shall be guilty of an offence and liable to such a fine not exceeding
level 3 on the standard scale as may be prescribed.
(3) An Order under this Law
different provisions in relation to different cases or circumstances;
such consequential, incidental, supplemental and transitional provisions as the
Chief Minister considers to be necessary or expedient.
Article 2 shall not apply to a person administering treatment
or to the premises from which he or she administers that treatment before the
commencement of this Law until 3 months after such commencement, or until the
determination of any application for registration under this Law made during
that period, whichever is the later.
(1) Any person who aids,
abets, counsels or procures the commission of an offence under this Law shall
also be guilty of the offence and liable in the same manner as a principal
offender to the penalty provided for that offence.
(2) Where an offence under
this Law committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with
the consent or connivance of or to be attributable to any neglect on the part
(a) a person
who is a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body
(b) any person
purporting to act in any such capacity,
the person shall also be guilty of the offence and liable in the
same manner as the body corporate to the penalty provided for that offence.
(3) Where the affairs of a
body corporate are managed by its members, paragraph (2) shall apply in
relation to acts and defaults of a member in connection with the member’s
functions of management as if he or she were a director of the body corporate.
This Law may be cited as the Piercing and Tattooing (Jersey)