As of 4th January 2022, tattooists within the European Union will not be able to apply most colour tattoo inks. This is part of the EU’s latest ‘Reach’ regulation which is set to prohibit the chemical ‘isopropanol’ which is used to sterilise tattoo colours but is dangerous for people’s skin.
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While alternatives do exist for certain popular tattoo colours like red, yellow and orange, there does not seem to be alternatives for certain blues and greens and thus, the European Union is permitting the use of the blue ’15’ shade and the green ‘7’ shade until an alternative solution is found.
Moreover, the EU has stated that, in relation to a number of other directives, tattoo ink packaging must clearly indicated the origins of the product, ingredients, expiry date and whether or not the ink contains nickel due to allergies.
It is reported that around 12 per cent of European citizens have at least one tattoo.