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- In consideration of the members of the SPCP who remain in good ethical standing, the SPCP will not permit the sale or advertising of products or services offered by, on behalf of, or manufactured by persons who have been removed from, or are ineligible for SPCP membership based on the SPCP Code of Ethics.
- All pigments sold, advertised for sale, or otherwise recommended or provided by a trainer or supplier must be in compliance with the SPCP Pigment Guidelines (see second page.)
- Pigments, anesthetics, or removal products must be on the market not less than two years prior to being offered for sale through SPCP events or advertising. (Other restrictions may apply – refer to SPCP convention materials.)
- Products that are normally used outside the scope of practice for a permanent cosmetics technician such as skin care products, lash tints, etc., should be sold with disclosure to the purchaser that they are responsible to be sure the use of this product by them falls within their scope of license(s) or other designations in their state or locality. This information must be provided in print with the sales of these items.
- Only SPCP trainer members may advertise educational programs. No other schools, certifying bodies, apprenticeship programs, workshops, or organizations may be advertised without the prior consent of the SPCP.
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- Members are to maintain high ethical professional standards consistent with sound practices, regulatory requirements, and SPCP guidelines.
- Members will strive to promote the mission of the Society and encourage a cohesive relationship throughout the cosmetic tattoo industry.
- Members agree to only offer procedures they have been trained to perform with hands-on oversight.
- Members recognize the importance of continuing education to upgrade and improve their knowledge and skills.
- a. Members will only use products that are professionally manufactured and follow all regulations for their use.
b. Members who are manufacturers and/or distributors of equipment or supplies, including pigments and anesthetics, agree not to provide false or misleading statements and will fully disclose all ingredients.
- Members will utilize safe practices of disinfection and sterilization of all machine, device, or other components that can potentially be contaminated by bloodborne pathogens. Disposable parts, including needles, will not be reused, nor will manual device handles be detached from needle groupings prior to disposal.
- Members agree that permanent cosmetics/makeup/microblading procedures, among other names for depositing pigment into the skin with a needle is tattooing and is not to be considered a semi-permanent nor a fully painless process.
- Members will make no false or misleading statements to the public through material; including but not limited to: websites, social media, brochures, or forms regarding the process of tattooing.
- Members agree that technicians who are not a licensed medical professional shall not participate in any behavior that could be construed as diagnosing and that the client’s health and privacy of records in accordance with regulatory requirements are protected at all times.
- Members who conduct fundamental training agree that programs at the fundamental level shall be a minimum of 100 hours (Not less than a minimum of 65 classroom hours) in duration and shall include practical components under direct instructor supervision. Only trainer members may use SPCP logos in association with training.
- Members agree that Society or fellow member materials, including items such as articles, videos, handouts, images, and membership lists may not be used without written authorization from the SPCP, or the member owning the materials.
- Members agree that in the event of a lapse in SPCP membership or CPCP certification, they will remove all associated logos and references within fourteen days of expiration.
As a further consideration to this agreement, suppliers/trainers agree to provide products and product literature, including any written instructions to the SPCP upon request. Suppliers/Trainers also agree to have available Material Safety Data Sheets and ingredients listings for pigments, anesthetics, and removal products sold at SPCP events, or offered for any other sales or during training.
Guidelines for Pigment Manufacturers
- Formulation of Pigments:
Because laws are subject to change, it is the responsibility of all SPCP member pigment manufacturers, supplier members, and trainer members to understand and abide by the laws specific to tattoo pigments in the regions where these products are sold and/or used for training purposes.
- Safety Data Sheets:
Safety Data Sheets must be made available.
- Pigment Bacteria, Mold, Yeast, and Fungus Retardant Ingredient:
Pigment ingredients shall include a process or an ingredient that is known to retard the growth of bacteria, mold, yeast, and fungus.
- Pigment Container Labeling:
Pigment container labeling shall, as a minimum, state: “For Professional Use Only,” and include the lot number, expiration date, and contact information.
- Patch/Spot/Pigment Test/Scratch Test:
If a manufacturer requires, suggests, or recommends a patch/spot pigment test/scratch test be performed, the manufacturer or distributor of that pigment shall, upon request, provide detailed instructions in written format as to how to properly perform the testing procedure and how to determine the outcome.
- Pigment Ingredient Full Disclosure:
Full disclosure of all pigment ingredients shall be provided on at least one of the following documents:
- The Safety Data Sheet
- The Pigment Label
- A Pigment “Full Disclosure List” provided upon request
- Additionally, regardless of where the full disclosure of ingredients is provided, they should be listed in descending order.
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SPCP dues/membership fees are not deductible as a charitable contribution for U.S. federal income tax purposes, but may be deductible as a business expense. Consult your accountant. Membership dues or related fees are nonrefundable for any reason including loss of privileges dues to Code of Ethics violations. Fees current to 12/31/2018, then subject to change.