Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks and permanent make-up pigments

Closed 8 Aug 2022

Opened 1 Jul 2022


On 4th January 2022, following extensive research by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) since 2015, a restriction on the chemicals used in tattoo inks and permanent make-up came into force in Northern Ireland. The restriction covers over 4000 chemicals with the aim to make the inks less hazardous by reducing the risk of skin allergies as well as limiting serious health conditions such as genetic mutations and cancer. Under the restriction, inks containing restricted chemicals above the defined limits can no longer be used for tattooing purposes.

HSENI wish to increase the awareness of the restriction and are focused on ensuring the manufacture and supply of compliant mixtures for tattooing purposes which include inks, pigments, tints and colourants. Throughout the questionnaire, to reduce repetition in each question, ‘ink’ is used as an umbrella term to describe any mixture that is injected under the skin during tattoo or permanent make-up activities.

Why your views matter

This questionnaire will ask participants to provide feedback on their understanding of the restriction on tattoo inks and permanent make-up. There are only 10 questions and should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The option to remain anonymous is present, however, HSENI plan to visit a range of premises in partnership with local councils and those with no registered response are more likely to be visited. A timeframe of one month will be permitted to submit responses.


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