Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme

The Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) is a voluntary scheme aimed at improving standards of tattooists and allowing the public to choose a tattooist that meets high standards of hygiene.

The scheme aims to:

  • Inform the public about the hygiene standards in the premises at the time of the most recent inspection;
  • Drive up standards and adoption of best practice across the industry; and
  • Reduce the risk of incidents of infection and of transmission of infectious disease from tattooing procedures

Participation in the scheme is by application.  Participating premises will be allocated a rating following an inspection, and that rating can be displayed in the premises in certificate form and on the window of the premises in the form of a window sticker.

Premises will be rated into four categories: (see rating schedules for more detailed information on what is required to meet each category (PDF, 302 KB))

1 - Needs Improvement

2 - Satisfactory

3 - Good

4 - Very Good

Premises can apply for a rating by completing the application form (DOCX, 44 KB) ​ and paying a fee of £100.  Premises under the scheme will be inspected annually at a cost of £100.

Premises will be expected to follow the rules of the scheme (PDF, 143.4 KB).

A comprehensive list of current Tattoo Hygiene Ratings for all premises participating in the scheme will be displayed on the web site. Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme Premises that have been rated in Gloucester are listed here (PDF, 143.4 KB)​.​