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Michigan Delays Tattoo Parlor License Requirement

January 5, 2009

Michigan is delaying implementation of a new law that requires tattoo and body art parlors to get a state license. The law was supposed to take effect Jan. 1, but the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) last month sent letters to around 400 businesses informing them of the delay.

State officials say more time is needed to develop an inclusive policy and allow parlor owners to prepare for licensing. "We want to make sure we have concrete guidelines body art facilities will have to follow," said MDCH spokesperson James McCurtis. The licensing law was passed in late 2007.

Some counties in Michigan already have licensing requirements that are enforced at the local level. Supporters of the bill said statewide regulations are needed to protect public health given the increasing popularity of tattoos and body piercing, practices that have been linked to hepatitis and skin infections.

MDCH is working with county health departments and other state agencies on what policies, procedures, and documents will be required for parlors to get a license. That effort is expected to be completed within the first half of 2009.

Business owners will be given a minimum of three months from the issuance of licensing requirements to come into compliance and apply for a license. Parlors must be inspected by local health departments before they can get a license.

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Adapted from:
Associated Press
01.02.09; Tim Martin

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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