Press Release Tattoos
European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV). “To eliminate carcinogenic substances and to limit long-term toxic effects, strict measures and well-defined safety limits for the used substances are needed with appropriate analytical methods for controlling such use; the ECHA proposals do not provide adequate solutions to meet these requirements.” According to the expert, a positive list of safe products should be developed. The inks should be tested for their potential toxicity, phototoxicity, substance migration, carcinogenicity and possible metabolic conversion. “Tattoo inks should at least meet the same safety standards as cosmetic products”, postulates Dr. De Cuyper. “It would even be preferable if they were as safe as medicines because they are injected under the skin. There is scientific evidence that tattoo ink ingredients are transported into the body. The can be found e.g. in draining lymph glands. In laboratory settings they are also detected in the liver of mice.” As a consequence, both the EADV and the European Society on Tattoo and Pigment Research (ESTP) are strongly demanding better regulation.
Tattooists and their clients need safe and reliable products. It is the responsibility of the authorities to assure (and protect) public health.
Progress has been made in matters of hygiene, at least. The European Committee for Standardization (Centre Europeèn de normalization/CEN) finalized hygiene standards this year, which will be published at the end of 2018. They give an overview of good practice (procedure), instruments, organization and infrastructure of the tattoo parlour and requirements for training of tattooists. These new standards will be discussed on Friday morning in a meeting with tattooists and tattooist trainers at the Musée des Moulages of l’Hôpital Saint Louis during the EADV Congress, which opened today in Paris.
 Kluger N. Epidemiology of tattoos in industrialized countries. Curr Probl Dermato. 2015; 48: 6-20
 Resolution ResAP(2008)1 on requirements and criteria for the safety of tattoos and permanent make-up (superseding Resolution ResAP(2003)2 on tattoos and permanent make-up): https://search.coe.int/cm/Pages/result_details.aspx?ObjectId=09000016805d3dc4
 Høgsberg T, Saunte DM, Frimodt-Møller N et al. Microbial status and product labelling of 58 original tattoo inks. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2013; 27(1): 73-80
Ruel Jacob, Media Coordinator - EADV Office
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Founded in 1987, EADV is a non-profit association whose vision is to be the premier European Dermato- Venereology Society, with the key aims of improving the quality of patient care, providing continuing medical education (CME) for all Dermato-Venereologists in Europe, and advocacy on behalf of the specialty and patients.
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