Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme

Our Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) will help you choose a registered tattooist that meets high standards of hygiene and professionalism.


The scheme is designed to keep customers safe, ensure consistent high standards across the industry and support responsible local businesses.

All registered tattoo premises are eligible to apply and are given a rating following a visit by their local borough or district council environmental health officer.

The scheme uses the nationally recognised four-star system:

  1. needs improvement
  2. satisfactory
  3. good
  4. very good

Environmental health officers will give premises a rating based on their assessment of standards including:

  • Cleanliness of premises and equipment 
  • Sterilisation of needles, instruments and materials to avoid the risk of infection and transmission of infectious diseases
  • Customer age checks  
  • Staff training, vaccinations and health screening
  • Recognised trade body membership

Tattoo premises registered with the scheme

Related documents

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