Ban on 'intimate piercings' for children
25 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Adolescents in the Netherlands might soon only be allowed to have body piercings or tattoos if their parents are present at the time. Children will be banned from piercing intimate parts of their body.
25 August 2004
AMSTERDAM — Adolescents in the Netherlands might soon only be allowed to have body piercings or tattoos if their parents are present at the time. Children will be banned from piercing intimate parts of their body.
The Health Ministry's legislative proposals — which are expected to come into force mid-2005 — will also impose strict hygiene regualtions on piercing shops and jewellersw, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported on Wednesday.
The legislation aims to reduce the risk of complications. At present, there is no legislation governing piercings and tattoos and the ministry has asked the National Hygiene and Safety Centre (LCHV) to draw up a draft plan.
A workgroup consisting of industry groups, dermatologists and the health authority GGD has already developed a guideline outlining the hygiene demands that piercing and tattoo shops must comply with. The guideline also establishes a minimum age for perople to have a piercing or tattoo.
The Lower House of Parliament, Tweede Kamer, must first approve the legislative proposal before it comes into force.
The new legislation is designed to "separate the wheat from the chaff" because at present, there is no recognised industry training. This means that anyone and everyone can set up a piercing or tattooing business.
"Unfortunately, there are proprietors who want to earn money quickly and who do not work hygienically of professionally, with all the risks associated," an LCHV project co-ordinator and special workgroup member, Joan Worp, said.
The GGD and the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) will start inspecting piercing and tattoo shops next year to determine if they meet hygiene and safety conditions. A business faces eventual closure if it fails to meet safety standards.
If a piercing wound is not adequately cared for, "the chance of infection is great" and businesses will thus also be inspected to determine whether they give post-operative care instructions to customers.
One of the legislative proposals is that parents will have to be present when their underage child is getting a tattoo or piercing. Parents will also be required to sign a consent form.
The minimum age requirement will be imposed to protect youths from physical and psychological damage, the newspaper said.
Worp said it is questionable whether it is wise for a child of 12 to get a piercing or tattoo, pointing that at that age they are still growing and the look of tattoos will deteriorate as the youth grows. Moreover, children are not always responsible enough to take care of the wound, the LCHV project leader said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news