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Substances in tattoo inks and permanent make up
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Call for evidence to gather information on substances in tattoo inks
Objective of the call

The European Commission requested ECHA assess whether there is a need to restrict certain substances used in tattoo inks and permanent make-up (PMU). ECHA, in cooperation with the competent authorities of Denmark, Germany, Italy, and Norway, will analyse the risks to human health, the availability of alternatives and socio-economic impacts of a possible restriction on EU-wide basis. The starting point for this assessment are:

  • substances restricted in the Cosmetic Products Regulation (EC) N° 1223/2009,
  • substances with harmonised classification as carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic to reproduction (CMR) or as sensitisers in in Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation),
  • other substances in the Council of Europe’s Resolution ResAP(2008)1 on requirements and criteria for the safety of tattoos and permanent make-up, as well as
  • any other substances in tattoo or PMU inks identified that may present risks to human health.
The objective of this call is to gather information from relevant stakeholders for the preparation of an Annex XV restriction dossier on tattoo inks and PMU. Information needed includes substances used in tattoo inks and PMU, tonnages, emissions and exposure, costs of tattoo inks, PMU and tattooing services, issues related to enforceability and alternatives (their risk, technical characteristics and costs).

Target group
All manufacturers, suppliers (importers, distributors, retailers) and professional users of tattoo inks and PMU
Trade associations
NGOs (consumer/environmental)
Research institutes/academia
Member States
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