Certain tattoo inks could be banned over cancer-causing chemical fears

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As the popularity of body art increases – with recent surveys suggesting as many as one third of 25 to 39 year olds in the UK have tattoos – concerns over the dangers of tattoo ink continue.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are further researching tattoo inks and permanent make-up which could “contain hazardous substances that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutations, toxic effects on reproduction, allergies or other adverse effects in animals or humans”.

A proposal to implement tighter limits on the use of around 4,000 chemicals is now expected to be brought to a vote among EU member states by the middle of next year.

The UK will not have a say, as it is set to leave the EU in March 2019, but this law would apply to the UK during the 21 month-long transition period.



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