Is the profession as a specialist in micropigmentation or tattooing legally regulated?
Yes. The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices (Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios) has published in Resolution ResAP (2008) the requirements and safety criteria for the performance of tattooing and permanent make-up treatments. They establish regulations for technicians, equipment, pigments to be used, centres and customers.
What health approval or accreditation is required to practice as a micropigmentation practitioner?
No health certification is required, but it is essential to be accredited with the “Official Diploma as a Sanitary Hygiene Technician”. A qualification that provides the necessary and essential knowledge to guarantee safety and hygiene in the practice of this profession.
However, the skills to achieve good results are part of the coach’s training and qualities. It is very important to have the knowledge of proportions, visagism and colourimetry to guarantee good results. The skills in the use of the dermographer and the artistic talents and abilities are also the stamp of a great professional in micropigmentation.
How can I verify the skills and knowledge of a micropigmentation technician?
Nowadays it is easy to find information on the internet, you should look for the results of the work with other clients on the web or social networks, as well as check the reviews and opinions of the professional.
And if you still have any concerns, you should get to visit both the centre and the technician who is going to perform the treatment. The facilities must be tidy and hygienic and the technician must transmit confidence, professionalism and seriousness, as well as offering detailed information about the whole process.
Who are the most prestigious international micropigmentation professionals?
- James Olaya (Brazil)
- Roberta Peixoto (Brazil)
- Toni Belfatto (Italy)
- Oksana Martinenko (Russia)
- Anna-Kutsevoloba (Russia)
How does Spanish legislation regulate the micropigmentation sector?
The facilities, equipment, needles and accessories for micropigmentation and tattooing are regulated by Royal Decree 1591/2009, and must comply with established health requirements:
- Facilities with optimal hygienic conditions.
- CE-marked equipment, sterile, single-use needles and accessories.
- Micropigmentation and tattooing pigments for application to the skin or mucous membranes must be authorised and approved by the AEMPS, i.e. they must display the health authorisation number beginning with PE followed by 3 digits and comply with the regulations regarding composition, approval, packaging and labelling, according to Royal Decree 209/2005.
You can check the pigments authorised in Spain on the AEMPS.