Europe – Chemicals: EU takes action for safer tattooing inks and permanent make-up

The Commission is taking an important step to protect EU citizens' health from hazardous chemicals contained in mixtures for tattoo inks and permanent make-up.

With a new restriction adopted today under the EU chemical legislation, we aim to ensure that EU citizens are equally protected, irrespective of the country where they get  tattooed and whether the ink is manufactured in the EU or not. Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, said: “The Commission works hard on ensuring the safety of chemicals used in everyday products and is today restricting the use of dangerous substances in inks used for tattooing. Some EU Member States have already done that, but with this restriction we aim to harmonise these measures at EU level and to improve citizens’ protection. This restriction is the result of a good cooperation between the Commission, the European Chemicals Agency and the Member States with the involvement of the industry and NGOs.” Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries,..