Body piercing, a form of body art, is the act of penetrating the skin to make, generally permanent in nature, a hole, mark, or scar. It does not include the use of a mechanized, pre-sterilized ear-piercing system that penetrates the outer perimeter or lobe of the ear or both.
In 1999, the Florida Legislature passed section 381.0075, Florida Statutes (F.S.) , providing guidance for operation of the body-piercing industry. Chapter 64E-19, Florida Administrative Code [F.A.C.] (40kb PDF) contains the rules that were written to implement the statute.
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To assist in making an informed decision, the department also has developed a brochure containing 10 common questions related to body piercing.
Operators and piercers (defined in section 381.0075, F.S. , and section 64E-19.002, F.A.C.(40kb PDF ), respectively) need training in infection control procedures prior to licensure of a body-piercing salon. Upon request, training course curriculum is reviewed by the Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Health, Facility Programs, to ensure that good infection control procedures are taught to minimize the risk of injury and infection that can result from body piercing procedures. Training providers must have the required knowledge, experience, and credentials (12kb PDF).
Dermal anchoring, also referred to as microdermal(s), anchors, and transdermals are single point piercings that consist of a point of entry but not a point of exit. Uniquely designed jewelry is inserted into the pierced area and sits below the skin where it becomes anchored. The piercing involves the use of a needle or dermal punch. The dermal punch shall not exceed 2mm. The jewelry may be removed with the same instruments that are used during the initial piercing. Jewelry removal sometimes may only be accomplished through surgical removal by a medical professional. The use of a scalpel or blade is prohibited and is considered a medical practice. Additional information about dermal anchoring can be found in The Point, a publication by the Association for Professional Piercers.
Subparagraph 381.0075(11)(a)5, F.S., states that body piercing salons must use only jewelry that is made of implant grade, high-quality stainless steel, solid gold of at least 14K weight, niobium, titanium, platinum, a dense, low-porosity plastic, or silver and that is free of nicks, scratches, or irregular surfaces for new piercings.
It has been found that new body piercings heal quicker with highly polished jewelry, which is fabricated from high-quality metals, such as implant grade stainless steel and titanium. ASTM International (ASTM) has developed standardized specifications for steel mills that manufacture the various grades of metals. Implant grade, high-quality stainless steel must be manufactured to meet ASTM F 138 and implant grade titanium must be manufactured to meet ASTM F136.
In accordance with section 381.0075, F.S ., and Chapter 64E-19, F.A.C. (40kb PDF), body-piercing salons and temporary establishments need an operating license that is renewed annually. To apply for a license, complete the application form and submit it along with the license fee to the licensing county health department.
(NOTE: Before applying for any body-piercing license, please contact your local County Health Department for current information concerning the correct mailing address and any local fee.)
The statute and rules also state that operators of body-piercing salons and temporary establishments must report any injury or complaint of injury, suspected infections that required treatment by a licensed practitioner, or any notifiable diseases resulting from the body piercing procedures. A completed injury-report form (11kb PDF) should be sent to the licensing county health department within 72 hours of the operator becoming aware of the complaint or condition.
Additionally, the following four forms are provided as a service to assist body piercing salons in following the record keeping guidance set forth in Chapter 64E-19, Florida Administrative Code. Use of these specific forms is voluntary and you may design and use your own forms if you prefer.
Autoclave Log (19kb PDF)
Customer Record (20kb PDF)
Piercer/Operator Record (16kb PDF)
Notarized Consent Form (15kb PDF)