Member Suppliers must adhere to a policy or honest and fair dealings with studios. The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that the industry is bettered not just through the efforts of the studios themselves but also through the attitude and commitment of the suppliers of goods and services to these studios.

Member Suppliers Agree They Will Not;

Discriminate, harass, use unfair tactics or conduct and or use false or misleading representations to sell or market goods or services. Sell or market goods for which they have no legal right to or ownership of.

All member Suppliers undertake to;

Supply  goods that are reasonably suitable for the purpose for which they are marketed/ intended, Are of good quality and free from defects. Will be useable and durable for a reasonable period of time - having regard to warranty limitations, product usage and the environment under which they
are used/employed.

Clearly state where applicable full details of product or service warranty. During the stated period of warranty a supplier must either - Refund, repair
or replace failed, unsafe or defective goods.

Only supply goods or services for which they are legally permitted to. Suppliers must have express legal rights or permission to sell or market any
goods or services for which there is an existing patented, copyright or Trade mark.

Never to use false, misleading representations or exaggerations concerning product or service performance, benefits, quality, characteristics and or
ingredients. Warn or explain risks for which the supplier could reasonably be expected to know are associated with the products or services.

Offer a suitable and efficient means by which studios can identify to the supplier product or service failures, defects and or hazards. Suppliers must
have an adequate means by which to communicate in a timely manner any know recalls, failures, defects and or hazards to all relevant studios.

Keep on file and offer studios detailed Sales records that include the supplier's full name, registered business name, VAT registration number (if applicable) and primary address from which the goods or services are supplied. Invoices should include the date, Description of goods and services, qty, unit price, shipping, taxes and total price.

Offer good service and in a manner and quality that persons are generally entitled to expect through timely completion and notice of any unavoidable delays hampering completion of service.

Piercing Jewellery Standards
(Please note that due to the complexity and unique make of each individual no material can be considered suitable for use in all persons.. It is important to seek out the advice of an appropriate and competent medical professional if you are unsure of allergy or suitability of any material whether listed here or not.) Materials not listed below might be deemed usable if an Independent certified or internationally recognized testing agency confirms suitability of the material for use as body piercing jewellery and the intended body piercing application.

Steel
ASTM F-138, ISO 5832-1, ISO 10993-6, 10993-10, 10993-11 compliant (EEC Nickel Directive compliant)

Titanium
Titanium grade 23 (Ti6Al4V ELI) - ASTM F136, ISO 5832-3 Titanium ASTM F-67

Gold
Solid 14 k or higher gold - preferably nickel free In certain healed piercings the use of gold plated jewellery above 14 k might be deemed usable.

Plastics
PTFE that is ASTM F754-00, Tygon(r) Surgical Tubing, dental acrylic, plastics that are ISO 10993-6, 10993-10, 10993-11. In certain healed piercing  the use of non-toxic acrylic might be deemed usable.

Glass
Lead free.

Organic, traditional tribal alloys, other jewellery
Suitability is not mentioned and due to the complex nature of many materials we recommend...consultation with a relevant medical practitioner first...Limited duration of wearing/ exposure and for Healed piercings only.

After Care Product Standards
(Please note that due to the complexity and unique make of each individual no product can be considered suitable for use in all persons.. It is important to seek out the advice of an appropriate and competent medical professional if you are unsure of allergy or suitability of any product whether listed here or not.)

Registration
Any After Care product with a medical claim and or listed ingredient(s) must be registered with the Medicines control council of South Africa.

Packaging
A clearly visible label on the product must include the manufacturer name and contact details, country of Origin, primary ingredients, batch identification, date marking. Directions for storage, usage, dosage and where applicable contra indications and or warnings must accompany each product or be included on the actual product labelling.
 

TATTOO AND PIERCING AFTERCARE PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS

 All Aftercare products must have,

MSDS sheets or a substitute considered suitable by the health dept,if subject to the call up notice or if any medical claim is made (e.g.: Heals, Aids recovery, improves skin condition etc) a registration with the Medicines Control Council is required.

 Must contain on the product packaging;

The manufactures name and contact details,
Country of origin,

Full list of all active ingredients,

Expiry and manufacture date,

Batch number,
Directions for use.
 

Shall not contain;

Improper or misleading claims of recovery,

Misleading statements or information about the product or its ingredients or indications,
The term ‘natural’ unless all of the components are naturally occurring,

The term ‘herbal‘ unless all of the active ingredients are pant or plant extracts,
Claims suggesting the product is free from side effects
Claims of recommendation from a scientist or health professionals unless substantiated.

TATTOO PIGMENT/INKS REQUIREMENTS All Tattoo pigments/ inks must have,

MSDS sheets or a substitute considered suitable by the health dept. 

Must contain on the product packaging;

The manufactures name and contact details,
Country of origin,
Manufacture date,
Expiry date of sterilisation (if applicable),
Batch number,
List of active ingredients and Ci number.

Shall not contain;

Misleading statements or information about the product or its ingredients or indications,
The term ‘natural’ unless all of the components are naturally occurring,
The term ‘herbal‘ unless all of the active ingredients are pant or plant extracts,

Claims suggesting the product is free from side effects

Claims of recommendation from a scientist or health professionals unless substantiated.

STERILISED-EQUIPMENT/SUPPLIES FOR PIERCING / TATTOOING Must contain on the STERILE PACKAGING;

Date of Sterilisation,
Expiry date of Sterilisation,
Batch number,
Type of sterilisation that was administered on the product,

Visible Indicator markings or tape on/in each individually packed item to verify sterilisation was successful.
   

Industry News

About.com Tattoos / Body Piercings: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.

Published: 20 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm

Lobe Piercings - Guide to Ear Lobe Piercings

Lobe piercings have been around since almost the beginning of time, and yet modern technology has made these…

Published: 20 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm

Should I Shave My Arms to Show Off My Tattoo...

So long as you have an understanding that your body art will fade over time, and that body…

Published: 20 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm

Which Body Piercing Style Fits You?

Are you considering a nipple piercing, or perhaps a Monroe facial piercing, or even a corset back piece…

Whats Hot

About.com Tattoos / Body Piercings: What's Hot Now

These articles that had the largest increase in popularity over the last week

Published: 20 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm

Safety Advisory - The Use of Plastic Wrap on...

Peggy Sucher, a member of the A.P.T. - Alliance of Professional Tattooists - guest wrote this very important safety advisory about the use of plastic wrap on new tattoos. Find…

Published: 20 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm

The Meanings Behind Common Tattoo Symbols and...

Finding the meanings behind many different types of symbols for tattoos. This page explains the meanings of gay pride symbols, chinese and japanese kanji characters and also symbols of hate…

Published: 20 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm

Can I Go in the Sauna with a New Tattoo?

Lucky are you if you have both a new tattoo, and a sauna to let out some steam. Saunas are a relaxing way to detoxify the body and purify the…