SPCP Guidelines

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Position of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals as it concerns the Covid-19 Virus Pandemic and the industry. 
While the situation is rapidly evolving, it is the position of the SPCP to always adhere to best practices and local regulations. We realize our members are under extreme stress, and there are many considerations for our businesses and personal lives; however, health and safety are paramount.

Our global colleagues and families are encouraged to practice social distancing immediately and stop unnecessary gatherings. As a membership society, SPCP strongly recommends its members to stop all personal services. This will allow you and your staff time to prepare and apply for any forthcoming governmental support, where available, and, most importantly, to be socially responsible. Permanent cosmetic professionals should not resume procedures until cleared jurisdictionally.

Tattooing creates a micro-spray of bodily fluids and does not allow social distancing between yourself and the client. Tattooing is also not a necessary procedure, not to mention that brow procedures can cause sneezing, lip procedures involve saliva, and eyeliner involves tears.

Once clients are rescheduled, we trust there will be a sense of calm with the knowledge that recommended protocols are being adhered to.

Be a leader! Be responsible, and, most of all, be healthy!   (Leer en español)

See also these releases from the BAEA advising that all tattooing should be halted until CDC guidelines advise that it is safe.
BAEA Full Statement for Artists – Click Here
BAEA Full Statement for Consumers – Click Here

SPCP Positions and Guidelines for Microblading / Microstroking
It is the Position of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals that the minimum training hours for any fundamental program is 100 hours.  This is inclusive of situations where only one procedure is taught such as microstroking (microblading) eyebrows and areola tattooing to students who have no previous experience in permanent cosmetics. 

Trainer Guidelines
This page provides an overview of the SPCP Trainer Guidelines and links to the related trainer registration forms, Frequently Asked Questions, and a sample curriculum.  Updated 2017.
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Pigment Guidelines
All SPCP members who are trainer members, pigment/ink manufacturers, and/or distributors are expected to adhere to these guidelines. Updated February 2020
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SPCP Photo and Logo Policy
This article covers the SPCP policy on copyrighted or stock photos of others that are published without proper consent or notice. It is up to the member to make sure that if you are using a web designer that they know these facts – you alone are responsible for what is on your website. In ALL cases, only your own original work can be used in “before and after galleries” unless properly referenced.  April 2013
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SPCP Position on Procedures at Trade Shows 
The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals believes permanent cosmetics, i.e. cosmetic tattooing, should be performed under a safe, controlled environment with the ability for client follow up.  Updated July 2011. Read More Now
Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Class Position
Position Statement of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals Board of Directors:
While not an industry requirement in all localities, it is the position of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals Board of Directors that permanent cosmetic professionals should take annual Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Classes.
With the ever-increasing prevalence of diseases and infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), it is in the technician’s best interest to obtain and regularly review information necessary to work safely within the industry, thereby protecting themselves and their clients. The SPCP Board of Directors encourages all permanent cosmetic professionals to take at minimum, a three hour industry-specific class annually.  January 2010
Three Strike Rule
Complaints against quality of work is at its highest. While permanent cosmetic is an art form and variances will always occur in design and color selection, there needs to be limitations when it comes to consistent poor performance and being associated with the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals – an organization people have come to trust to have members with principles and ethics. January 2008.
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Position Statement Regarding Semi-Permanent Makeup
It is the position of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals that pigments (colorants) placed into the dermis using needles are considered to be permanent. Results of fading, color change or lack of color are expected and are the result of factors such as skin variations, and sun fading. Improper application or faulty equipment can also affect the length of time color appears in the skin.
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Rotary Pen Devices Safety Alert
There has been an influx of reports to the SPCP recently regarding disinfection or sterilization issues of rotary pen machines. This alert particularly addresses rotary pens that use a sponge to control body fluid contamination to the motor assembly of the device.  March 2006
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RefectoCil®, Product Alert, April 2004
RefectoCil®, an eyelash tinting product has been on the automatic detention list of the FDA for many years contains “coal-tar dyes which are unsafe,” which based on review by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Health Hazard Evaluation Board, represents an acute, severe hazard to health with the possibility of permanent injury, i.e., impaired sight, including blindness. You may read more about this at this link.  Topical anesthetics in excess of legal OTC limitations (not to exceed 4% lidocaine preparations – 5% for anorectal use) are prohibited for sale or use by anyone other than licensed medical professionals.If you have purchased either of the products listed, please contact the supplier for their direction.