Hi there! I own a body piercing studio with my husband and he has been doing implants for customers maybe 1-2 times a month over the last few years. Nowhere in our current state regulations does it mention implants so we’ve never had an issue. I just received an email from the State (Utah, US) today asking for feedback on newly proposed body art and piercing regulations. In it it states that nothing can be implanted under the skin. I believe they mean to ban silicone implants that create shapes under the skin and did not realize that it would make implanting chips illegal for us to preform.
Luckily, they seem very open to our professional knowledge and feedback on the proposed changes, and I plan to speak to them about it. I’m going to explain that it’s safer and cleaner for us to be doing it for people rather than them doing it in their homes given our bloodborne pathogens and first aid training, and the fact that we are a facility that is already licensed to stab people and stick stuff in their skin. (LOL!). I’m also going to bring up the fact that BioHacking is only getting more popular and isn’t going to go away anytime soon and would be best to be discussed while these new regulations are being considered. Edit to clarify! Obviously they can’t stop anyone from doing it themselves at home… and I definitely wouldn’t want to stop anyone who wants to do it on their own. But some people really do prefer us to help them.
I was wondering if anyone has run across this yet and has any advice and/or more information I could provide to the State when I go in to talk to them. Thanks!! ~ Tara