HOW SAFE ARE TATTOO NEEDLES?

When it comes to safety in tattooing there are many factors involved.

  • The equipment and supplies

  • The environment

  • Prepare and Aftercare Protocols

  • Service Protocols

Safety is everything. Treating any one of these as an independent silo puts you the client at risk.  A safe needle used in an unsafe protocol is risky. Using an unsafe needle with safe pigments puts the client at risk. Safety is a posture, and a state of mind.

This page will examine the various tattoo needles available in the industry, what qualifications they require and how they are permitted to be sold, imported, and used in professional services, namely Permanent Makeup and Cosmetic Tattoo.

Health Canada classifies tattoo machines as low level risk and requires that the machine be sanitized with an intermediate or low-level disinfectant.  The reason for this rating is that the device itself is not expected to come into contact with blood or bodily fluids. Instead, this is the role of the needle or cartridge.

The main concern with tattoo needles is whether they expose clients to blood and bodily fluids, therefore increasing risk of contracting an infectious disease.

Are tattoo machines medical devices, and do they require licensing in Canada?

No. See (Guidance Document - Guidance on the Risk-based Classification System for Non-In Vitro Diagnostic Devices (non-IVDDs)

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