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Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme

Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme

The Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) is a voluntary scheme aimed at improving standards of tattooists and allowing the public to choose a tattooist who meets high standards of hygiene.

The scheme aims to:

  • Inform the public about the hygiene standards in the premises at the time of the most recent inspection; 
  • Drive up standards and adoption of best practice across the industry; and
  • Reduce the risk of incidents of infection and of transmission of infectious disease from tattooing procedures

Participation in the scheme is by application.  Participating premises are  allocated a rating following an inspection, and that rating can be displayed in the premises in certificate form and on the window of the premises in the form of a window sticker.

A comprehensive list of current Tattoo Hygiene Ratings for all premises participating in the scheme, including those in Wiltshire, is also displayed on the CIEH Wales Tattoo Ratings web site. 

Participating premises are rated into four categories: (see rating schedules for more detailed information on what is required to meet each category)

  1. Needs Improvement
  2. Satisfactory
  3. Good
  4. Very Good

Premises will be expected to follow the rules of the scheme  and the CIEH Tattooing and Body Piercing Guidance: Toolkit.

Premises can apply for a rating by completing the application form, there is currently no charge for this application or assessment.


Premises under the scheme will be inspected regularly to ensure they maintain high standards.  Where poor standards are found the published rating for the business will drop and they will be required to display a new rating certificate.

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Last updated: 4 July 2018 | Last reviewed: 4 July 2018