ECHA has assessed how to make tattoo inks safer


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ECHA will soon verify the size of micro, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) that have registered substances between 2016 and 2019 under REACH and benefitted from reduced fees. Check that you declared your enterprise’s size correctly and have uploaded the documents in REACH-IT.

Helsinki, 31 January 2020 – If you are an SME registrant, you should check that the enterprise size you claimed when registering or updating your registration is correct and that you uploaded the required support documents in REACH-IT.

If the enterprise size you claimed turns out to be incorrect, you should inform ECHA by sending an email to: by 11 February 2020 and update your information in REACH-IT.

By declaring and rectifying your size before ECHA begins the verification check, you will benefit from a full administrative charge waiver and only have to pay the difference to the applicable registration fee.

If later, during the verification process, ECHA identifies that you have claimed an incorrect size, you will have to pay the balance of the accurate fee and an administrative charge of up to EUR 19 900.

A stepwise approach on how to determine and declare the correct size of your enterprise is available on ECHA’s website.

It is also important to regularly check your REACH-IT accounts for any messages and tasks from ECHA, keep your contact details up to date and react to ECHA’s requests.

Small and medium-sized enterprises

SME fees under REACH and CLP


At the request of the European Commission, ECHA has assessed the safety of pigments used in tattoo inks. ECHA is not proposing to ban tattoos, nor all green and blue tattooing colours. The Agency submitted its scientific opinions to the Commission in June 2019, and the Commission will discuss it with Member States in February.

Helsinki, 21 January 2020 – Together with three Member States and Norway, ECHA has proposed to restrict over 4 000 substances in tattoo inks and permanent make up. Some of these substances are already restricted under the EU’s Cosmetic Products Regulation and are not allowed to be used on the skin. They are also, therefore, not safe to be injected under the skin either.

ECHA’s proposal includes carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances, skin sensitisers or irritants, substances corrosive or damaging to the eye, metals as well as other substances already regulated in cosmetic products.

With regards to Pigment Blue 15 and Pigment Green 7, one option ECHA has recommended is that a two-year transitional period could be granted before banning them. This would allow ink formulators to find safer alternatives while ensuring the availability of green and blue tattoo inks in the meantime.

ECHA’s restriction proposal has been subject to a consultation and scrutinised by its scientific committees. The Commission is presenting a draft restriction for discussion with EU Member States in February.


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