In October 2017 the attorney for DPH (Department of Public Health) advised the Enviromental Health Department of Georgia TO NOT ISSUE ANY PERMITS FOR MICROBLADING. I unfortunately was advised of this while applying for my permit. DPH EH has decided that microblading will fall under Tattoo and Body Art guidelines for 2018 officially.
Because of an existing law O.C.G.A.16-12-5(b), "it shall be unlawful for any person to perform permanent tattooing, piercing, or cosmetic micropigmentation procedures within any area within one inch of the nearest part of the eye socket unless performed by a physician, licensed osteopath, or a technician acting under the direct supervision of a physician or licensed osteopath". This makes what we do a criminal offense if not done under a doctors supervision in a doctors office.
This is a huge concern to all of us who are cosmetic permanent makeup artist wanting to practice in Georgia. Especially those of us who provide microblading services. Even if you have been permitted prior to this decision from the DPH Attorney Sid Barrett, this has a negative impact for your livelihood and business. It arguablely makes the service you provide to your clients illegal. If you were able to obtain insurance and have a claim, a state law prohibiting your actions could have negative consequences for your claim. Many insurance companies have stated they will be canceling policies for those who are not working under medical supervision in Georgia.
It was suggested that we mobilize and work together to have an amendment added to this code section to EXEMPT Microblading Artist. The only way to do this is have a State Representative and or a State Senator sponsor this amendment.
I would ask that we work together as a unit to get this accomplished during the next legislative session, January 2018 thru March 2018. I am willing to work for us all to get this law changed to exempt Microblading. Please make sure that your coworkers and fellow artist are aware of this page and our mission.
Thank you and we look forward to working with our fellow artist to legalize our services in Georgia.
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