ECHA launches restriction proposal on hazardous substances in tattoo inks

Source: ICIS News

2017/10/25

LONDON (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has prepared a restriction proposal to reduce the risk caused by hazardous substances contained in some tattoo inks and cosmetics, the EU agency said on Wednesday.

The aim of the restriction proposal, drawn up alongside authorities from Denmark, Italy, Norway and Germany is “to regulate specific hazardous substances present in tattoo inks so that they are safe for people”, ECHA said.

It will restrict the use or concentration limit of approximately 4,000 substances when contained in tattoo inks, including substances already banned or subject to certain harmonised classifications in cosmetic products, such as carcinogens or skin sensitisers.

“Only some of these substances have been found in tattoo inks, but they are included in the proposal to prevent their potential use as substitutes in the future," said ECHA.

"Stakeholders are expected to be able to comply with the proposed restriction as it is largely similar to the national measures on tattoo inks of the seven Member States. The proposal also takes into account other socio-economic impacts on the industry and the people who get tattoos.”

ECHA added that it expects the restriction will “significantly reduce the potential health risks" for people getting new tattoos, such as allergic reactions to tattoo inks and possible long-term effects from exposure to hazardous substances injected under the skin.

The agency plans to launch a six-month consultation on the restriction in mid-December, where stakeholders and the public at large will be invited to comment on the proposal and its anticipated impacts.

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