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Proposes a restriction on substances in tattoo inks

The European Chemicals Agency proposed a restriction on certain substances in tattoo inks. The Norwegian Environment Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency of Denmark contributed to the proposal's development.

Tattoo ink contains non-specific colorants, which may include potentially hazardous contaminants. These compounds may disperse from the original tattoo places and move across the body over time.

Public consultation on this proposed restriction began on December 20, 2017, and ended on June 20, 2018.

The restriction would create obligations on tattoo manufacturers, importers, distributors, PMU practitioners, and tattoo artists to prevent non-compliant inks.

Many studies have revealed that most tattoo inks on the market adhere to CoE recommendations and MS national regulation standards. The proposed restriction is expected to be enforceable and manageable for many supply chain members.

The proposed ban on non-compliant tattoo ink will cost downstream users €4.4 million per year in substitution costs and €235 000 in incremental enforcement costs.

Many formulators are small or micro-enterprises and the proposed restriction options would not exert disproportionate costs to the individual consumer and society.

According to the report, the suggested options for restriction are reasonable, cheap, and most likely to be in line with the risk.


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