The consequences for the tattoo industry are catastrophic; tattoo artists are being regulated out of existence.
Chief physician, Jørgen Serup, professor, Dr.Med.Sc. at the Department of Dermatology and Head of the Tattoo-clinic, Bispebjerg University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
In general, it is always good for tattoo artists and their customers to know about the contents of tattoo ink. With regard to REACH, however, it is crucial.
We believe that REACH was not the ideal framework for regulating tattoo ink, as we have explained elsewhere.
The EU process of creating the new legislation was muddled and the results are likewise
EU Parliament approves “REACH” which is a new very strict regulation on a long range of chemical substances. No impact on tattoo-ink yet
EU Commission requests an assessment to regulate use of chemicals in tattoo-ink (called Annex XV) Tattoo-ink is to be regulated under “REACH” legislation which means only the singular components will be regulated – not the purity and production of each batch of ink. I.e. only solving half the problem
Annex XV is finalized and will later become a central part of the regulation of ink. It consolidates / copies lists of existing hazardous substances as well as cosmetic substances. The latter include 21 hair-dye colorants including pigments blue and green
EU Commission vote and confirm the proposal to ban 4000 chemical substances in the EU
Due to the fact that tattoo-ink is made up of many different substances which are on the list of banned substances, all ink is illegal
Blue and green pigments were given a longer lead-time to find alternatives however since other components included in tattoo-ink is already illegal from Jan 2022, it has no real impact
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