ECHA calls for tighter controls on 4000 substances found in body inks

ECHA has put forward bans or concentration limits for 4,000 substances present in tattoo inks

Tattoo inks are poorly regulated in the UK and much of the EU. Photograph: Ivan Reka/123RFThe European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has put forward new restrictions on around 4,000 chemicals that may be present in tattoo inks.

The proposal made under REACH, was developed alongside Danish, Italian, Norwegian and German regulators and published on 25 October. It would extend the rules for substances already prevented from use in cosmetics, alongside banning those with harmonised classifications such as skin sensitiser and carcinogen.

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