The Oregon Health Licensing Agency  is encouraging public comment by Dec. 1 on proposed Oregon Administrative Rules  for the newly established Board of Body Art Practitioners.

OHLA has scheduled an administrative rule hearing to allow interested parties an opportunity to present oral testimony for Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, 9 am, at the Veteran Affairs Auditorium, 700 Summer Street, in Salem.

Passage of House Bill 2013 in the 2011 Legislative Session established the Board of Body Art Practitioners within OHLA. The board was created to advise the agency on the regulation of body piercing, dermal implanting, electrology, scarification and tattooing.

In preparation for official formation of the board in 2012, OHLA has worked with a body art sub-committee since the end of session to discuss and make recommendations regarding qualifications, licensure, practice standards and prohibitions, with discussion primarily focused on the following new requirements:

• Body piercing education through a licensed career school;

• Body piercing temporary licensure — 1,000 hours of theory and practical training under an agency approved supervisor (valid up to two years);

• Ear lobe piercing temporary licensure — (valid up to two years); 

• Written and practical examinations for all new standard body piercing applicants and for renewal applicants on licenses issued prior to Jan. 1, 2012; 

• Specialty certification for specific types of piercings.

Currently, OHLA is consulting with the Oregon Medical Board regarding dermal implants, scarification, genital piercings, single-point piercings (anchor or microdermals), cheek piercings, corset piercings, nape piercings and uvula piercings to address public health and safety issues and how much, if any, additional training will be required beyond the standard body piercing education.


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