ECHA asked to examine whether certain substances in tattoo inks should be restricted in the EU

Tattoo inks and permanent make up may contain hazardous substances – for example, substances that cause cancer, genetic mutations, toxic effects on reproduction, allergies or other adverse effects on health. The European Commission has consequently asked the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to assess the risks of these individual substances on human health and to examine the need for EU wide restrictions on their use in tattoo inks. In this analysis, ECHA will also assess the availability of alternatives and the socio-economic impact of a possible restriction. ECHA is not being asked to ban tattooing or tattoo inks – our work is to examine individual substances that the inks may contain. ECHA and some Member States are currently planning how best to share the work. An official announcement will be made in the Registry of Intentions on ECHA’s website in the near future and the public will be invited to submit any relevant information to assist in this work. If it is found that a restriction is needed, a formal proposal to restrict the substances (a restriction dossier) will be submitted within one year to initiate the restriction process. The objective is to ensure that people in all EU Member States could get tattoos or permanent make up without concerns for their health. Further information is available at: Commission’s request to ECHA

ECHA Weekly, 27 July 2016 ; ;