From January 4, 2022, many chemicals in tattoo inks will be subject to the restrictions imposed by the so-called REACH regulation throughout the European Union. Thousands of substances are then on the ban list. Many of them are potentially dangerous or not adequately researched from the EU perspective. The ban was already decided in 2020, the transition period is now running out. According to the EU Commission, the goal is not to ban tattoos in principle. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) emphasizes that it is about “making tattoo inks and permanent make-up safer”. Several new, less dangerous colors are about to be approved. Until then, tattoo fans will have to do without color tattoos.
Many of the dyes used are not harmless from a dermatological point of view, say dermatologists. Tattoo dyes always have a high risk of triggering an allergy, and there is also the risk of cancer. It’s a tough blow for the tattoo industry. Daniel Rust, board member of the Federal Tattoo Association, told T-Online: “The mood in the industry is really bad.” He criticized the incapacitation of customers by the regulation, which harms the entire industry. Before each tattoo, customers are informed that inflammation only occurs due to poor hygiene or incorrect follow-up treatment.