What is a skin penetration procedure?

Skin penetration procedure is defined under the Public Health Act 2010 to mean any procedure that penetrates the skin or declared by the Public Health Regulation 2012 as being a skin penetration procedure.

This includes but not limited to:

  • tattooing
  • body and ear piercing
  • colonic lavage
  • waxing
  • electrolysis
  • cuticle cutting
  • body modifications eg scarification
  • microdermabrasion
  • blackhead removal using a needle

Skin penetration procedure does not include:

  • any procedure carried out by a health practitioner registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, or by a person acting under the direction or supervision of a registered health practitioner, in the course of providing a health service, or
  • any procedure declared by the regulations not to be a skin penetration procedure eg laser hair removal.