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• The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has fully informed the UK wide Professional Standards Authority for health and social care of this issue.

• BAcC has liaised with the Scottish Government Public Health Team and the Chair of a Scottish Skin Piercing and Tattooing Working Group.

• BAcC has also been in touch with the Scottish Government’s minister with the health brief about this issue.

• The relevant legislation is the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Licensing Order 2006 No43.

• There are 32 separate unitary authorities who individually set their own applications fees and who set their own licence conditions (despite the efforts of the Working Group to be consistent throughout). It was also advised that exemption from the Licensing Order can occur via an amendment to the order itself through exemption by the Professional Standards Authority as per the Licensing Order.

• Contact has also been made with relevant officials at COSLA, with no response.

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