You may already be aware of the fact that this year we are in the transition phase of the REACH regulation, which will come into full effect on the 4th of January 2022. A regulation that will have big consequences for tattoo ink!
REACH stands for: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of CHemicals.
This new law, which aims to regulate and standardize tattoo ink in the European Union, restricts, among other things, the use of certain pigments and preservatives, which were previously allowed in the production of tattoo ink.
In the future, tattoo ink may only be permitted to have a very small amount of these substances, which will make it impossible for them to work effectively. Good examples are the pigments Blue 15:3 and Green 7, these pigments however have a transitional period until January 2023.
Under this new regulation, it is estimated that 65% of all tattoo ink colours could disappear as seen on the images on the right.
For various reasons, tattoo ink manufacturers have not yet succeeded in replacing the soon-to-be banned substances with similar components that can guarantee the same quality. We are waiting for information on when manufacturers expect to be able to offer alternatives.
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