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Body Art Model Code & Annex

We first introduced the Body Art Model Code (BAMC) in 1998. In the time since the original code was released, body art has become much more accepted, diverse, and popular. Our Body Art Committee updated the code in 2019 and created a supporting Annex. The updated BAMC was created with input from environmental health and industry professionals, and addresses the ways body art impacts public health.  

The BAMC is available for local and state agencies and other organizations to use as a resource to update their own body art codes and protect public health.

Environmental health professionals can view the BAMC, the BAMC annex, submit changes to the BAMC and view submitted BAMC change requests.  

Body Art Model Code  

The BAMC Annex was developed to provide justification, rationale, and best practices to support the requirements outlined in the BAMC.  

BAMC Annex

Body Art Model Code Update

Our Body Art Committee is currently in the process of updating the BAMC. We will update this page monthly with the change requests we are currently reviewing, BAC meeting minutes, and other documents as applicable. Follow along on our progress by reviewing the documents below. Email bodyart@neha.org with any questions.

  • April BAC Meeting Minutes | PDF
  • May BAC Change Requests | PDF
  • Subcommittee One Supplemental Document CR ID #10114| PDF

Submitting a BAMC Change Request

The initial comment period has closed and we are working to implement all comments to the BAMC. Once the BAMC is updated, it will become available for additional public comment. Check back in September 2023 to submit additional change requests.

Download and view previously submitted change requests | Excel