Outrageous EU law to crack down on tattoo ink – thank goodness we left!

Brexit: UK removing 'unnecessary EU laws' says expert

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New EU regulations will mean a new maximum concentration limit on certain chemical substances, which will affect tattoo inks and some permanent makeup. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) defended this ban as reducing exposure to “dangerous substances” which can “remain in the body for life.”

They added that these chemicals can “cause skin allergies and other, more serious health effects such as genetic mutations and cancer”.

The ECHA said in a statement on their website: “To protect European citizens, thousands of hazardous chemicals found in tattoo inks and permanent make-up are restricted in the EU under the REACH Regulation from January 2022.”

They continued: “The restriction covers, for example: chemicals that cause cancer or genetic mutations and chemicals that are toxic to reproduction as well as skin sensitisers and irritants.

“The aim is not to ban tattooing but to make the colours used in tattoos and permanent make-up safer.

They added: “Over 1,000 cases of chronic allergic reactions will be prevented every year as a result of the restriction.

“Several other skin reactions and serious effects originating from tattoos and permanent make-up will also decrease.”

According to the ECHA, at least 12 percent of Europeans have tattoos.

For those aged between 18-35, this percentage doubles.

In the UK, nearly one in three people between the ages of 25 and 39 admitted to having a tattoo, according to a 2015 Statista report.

Because of Brexit, this new EU regulation will not impact UK tattoo artists.

The ECHA announced last year that two colours, Blue 15 and Green 7, would be banned because they have been linked to increased cancer risks.

For these two pigments, there will be a grace period of at least one year.

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However, some opponents of this change in regulation question the evidence base for this ban.

Under EU law, tattoo inks fall under the banner of cosmetics, which means a ban on these dyes in the cosmetics industry applies to tattoo artists, too.

A tattoo studio manager, Roya, in the German city of Stuttgart told the German outlet Dasding.de: “It would be very devastating if the ban came into force.

“These two pigments are present in two thirds of all tattoo colours.”

Roya continued that there are few alternatives to these colour pigments for tattoo artists, and that whilst professional tattoo artists would be limited, amateurs would continue to use them.

A petition to stop the ban has been circulated online, and has gathered almost 50,000 signatures across Europe.

The issue of tattoo inks and chemicals in permanent make-up hit the headlines in 2018, when the EU proposed tighter limits on potentially carcinogenic substances.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg

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