HSE has proposed a restriction on hazardous substances present in tattoo inks and PMU
HSE has proposed a restriction on hazardous substances present in tattoo inks and PMU as a precautionary measure to address potential risks to human health, as there is currently no legislation in GB that addresses the risks presented by insertion into the skin of these substances.
On 29 April 2021, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as the Agency for UK REACH (referred to as the Agency hereafter) received a request under Article 69(1) of UK REACH from the Defra Secretary of State, with the consent of the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government, to prepare an Annex 15 restriction dossier assessing the risks to humans from substances in tattoo ink and permanent make up (PMU). As of 4 January 2022, the European Union (EU) has restricted the presence of over 4000 potentially harmful substances in these preparations. This dossier examines whether a similar restriction should be introduced into Great Britain (GB)3. In the request, DEFRA asked the Agency to include in this dossier all substances listed in Council of Europe resolution