Hygiene Accreditation Scheme (HAS) - About the scheme


Nottinghamshire’s Hygiene Accreditation Scheme (HAS) is a voluntary scheme set up to improve and maintain hygiene and safety standards within premises offering Tattooing, Semi-Permanent Make Up and Cosmetic Body Piercing treatments.

This rating applies only to the hygiene and safety of the establishment and is not reflective of the skill or quality of the procedures carried out at the premises.  All businesses who participate in the scheme are bound by the ‘Scheme Rules’.  The Scheme Rules including the Rating Schedule is available below. 

The scheme assesses the hygiene and safety standards against criteria referred to as the ‘Rating Schedule’ [Appendix 1 to the Scheme Rules].  The Rating Schedule has been devised using nationally recognised guidance including the Tattoo and Body Piercing Toolkit produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). 

Environmental Health Officers will assess hygiene and safety standards against the Rating Schedule and award the premises a rating: 

0 – Urgent Improvement Required

1 – Major Improvement Required

2 – Improvement Required

3 – Satisfactory

4 – Very Good

5 – Excellent

The scheme compliments the requirement to register under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.  Please see acupuncture, tattooing, ear-piercing and electrolysis for more information. 

To achieve the best possible score, proprietors should refer to and utilise the ‘Audit Tool’ and ‘Management System Guidance’ documents. 



Last Updated on Friday, December 6, 2019