The Cabinet has approved the strengthening and improved regulation of tattoo and body piercing legislation in Luxembourg.

At its meeting last Friday, the Cabinet approved the text of a draft Grand-Ducal Regulation which aims to establish the programme and duration of special vocational training of officials in charge of ensuring that hygiene and sanitary conditions are respected by practising tattoo artists, as well as those offering body piercings or operating UV tanning booths.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Étienne Schneider, who proposed the approval, explained: "The fact that compliance checks will now be carried out by judicial police officers is a step in the interests of client safety. Strict regulation in this area will further protect [those] who wish to use these techniques against health risks that may arise, if they are not performed according to the rules of the art".

The regulation is part of the same quality approach as that pursued by the law of 24 May 2018, setting the conditions of hygiene and sanitation related to the practice of the techniques in question. By their invasiveness, the acts in question expose the client to risks that may range from simple infections to the spread of viruses such as AIDS or hepatitis.

The Ministry of Health has recalled that the 24-month waiting period, available to people who practise tattooing or piercing or who operate UV tanning booths to comply with the provisions of the law, will expire on 1 June 2020. From this date, they can therefore be subject to controls and, if necessary, penal consequences in the case of violations.