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Scope of Practice

What can a Body Art Practitioner do?

 

Body Piercing

Body piercers perform piercing services, including earlobe piercing, in licensed facilities. Body piercers must adhere to stringent universal precautions for sterilization of needles and equipment, biohazard waste disposal and infection control practices formulated to state and national standards. 

Standard body piercing includes all body piercings with the exception of specialty level one piercings and specialty level two piercings.  Standard body piercing services do not include testes, deep shaft (corpus cavernosa), uvula, eyelids, or sub-clavicle piercings.

Earlobe Piercing

Earlobe piercers are limited providing services on the soft lower part of the external ear only, not to include cartilage. Earlobe piercers are limited to only using a earlobe piercing system which includes pre-sterilized encapsulated stud and clasp system. ​

Dermal Implanting

Dermal implanting is defined as "...the insertion of an object under the skin of a live human being for ornamentation or decoration." 
Dermal implanting and scarification are new fields of practice resulting from the passage of House Bill 2013 in 2011 and are currently prohibited.  More information 

Electrology

Electrologists, through a series of treatments, permanently remove hair from the skin by inserting a sterile needle-conductor into the hair follicle and directing electrical energy toward the hair cell. Electrologists work in private practice, in cosmetology facilities, and in collaboration with dermatologists.

Scarification

Scarification is defined as "...injury of the skin to produce a scar on a live human being for permanent ornamentation or decoration."
 
Dermal implanting and scarification are new fields of practice resulting from the passage of House Bill 2013 in 2011 and are currently prohibited.  More information

Tattooing

Tattoo artists mark or color the skin by inserting nontoxic dyes or pigments into or under the dermal portion of the skin using single-use or sterile needles to form indelible marks for figurative, decorative, cosmetic or medical purposes. ​

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Step-by-Step Process

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To more effectively and efficiently respond to stakeholder questions, the Health Licensing Office (HLO) has developed a step-by-step process. Below, are documents to assist stakeholders (i.e. customers, licensees, business owners) in requesting clarification regarding licensing and regulatory issues.
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Issue Responses

There are currently no issue responses for the Board of Body Art Practitioners.
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More information

For more information, contact HLO policy analyst Samie Patnode at 503-373-1917 or samie.patnode@state.or.us.
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