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Public Health (Wales) Act 2017

Section 94 - Interpretation of this Part

187.This section sets out the meaning of the key terms used in this Part, including the meaning of acupuncture, body piercing, electrolysis and tattooing. The definition of tattooing includes micro pigmentation. The definition of body piercing means the perforation (including puncture or incision) of an individual’s skin or mucous membrane, with a view to enabling jewellery or another object to be attached to, implanted in or removed from the individual’s body. Objects will be prescribed in regulations and may include for example, a bead.

188.Subsection (4) provides details on the meaning of the different bases (i.e. fixed site basis, mobile basis, peripatetic basis and temporary basis) referred to in the Part in relation to the practice of a special procedure. For example, different licensing criteria may be applied to these different bases by virtue of regulations made under section 62(5).

189.Subsection (5) provides a definition of the term “harm to human health”. This includes harm to an individual’s physical health arising through physical injury or exposure to an infection, and harm to an individual’s mental health. Any procedure considered for addition to the list of special procedures (and therefore captured by the provisions in this Part) must be capable of causing harm to human health. For example, a procedure may be considered for inclusion in the list if it is capable of causing physical injury.

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