FDA approved?

Signs like this hang outside many studios. Some are reputable, some are not. But know what you're reading — safe and sterile should be a given in any studio, and I hope that by now most of you can identify a sterile studio.

As far as “licensed”, that's usually meaningless — there is no licensing in the US or anywhere else in the world that speaks for the quality of the piercer. It often means that nothing but a cursory inspection has been done by an unqualified member of the local health board. Finally, there is NO SUCH THING as FDA approved jewelry. Some of the materials in the jewelry may be approved for use in food services or implants, but they are not approved (or unapproved) for use in body jewelry.

Never trust a sign — educate yourself, and you will be able to make safe decisions for yourself and your friends.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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