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Government inks new tattoo law

EU measures taking too long, contends the food and environment minister, Esben Lunde Larsen

Cleaning up the tattoo industry (photo: Pixabay)
November 28th, 2016 3:31 pm| by Christian W
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In a bid to protect Danes against harmful substances in tattoo ink, the government has launched a new strategy in co-operation with the industry.

In August, the EU announced plans for common rules across all its member states, but because it might take up to three years to implement, the food and environment minister, Esben Lunde Larsen, has decided to act now.

“Danes who decide to get a tattoo should be able to face the needle without fearing they might get carcinogenic or allergenic substances under their skin,” said Larsen.

“So now I’m launching a national effort concerning tattoo colours that will also function as input into future EU legislation.”

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Needling the ink sinners
The Danish tattoo industry organisation, Dansk Tatovør Laug, has long called for more concise and clearer rules regarding tattoo ink and importers, and tattoo salons have been involved in developing some of the initiatives of the new Danish effort.

The new tattoo strategy is one of the components of the government’s new chemicals package, for which 1.6 million kroner has been set aside over the next two years.

Tattooing in Denmark and the EU


– Almost 15 percent of EU’s population have a tattoo, but there are no EU rules for which chemical substances tattoo ink can contain

– The new Danish tattoo strategy includes five initiatives comprised in dialogue with the tattoo industry in order to ensure the greatest possible effect on getting tattoo artists to use ink not containing harmful substances

– Denmark works with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Germany, Italy and Norway to improve the regulation of harmful substances in tattoo ink in the EU

– The Danish environmental authority, Miljøstyrelsen, will relaunch its campaign website tjekfarverne.dk, which assists tattoo artists in making sure they use safe ink

– A dialogue forum between tattoo artists and relevant authorities will be established, which will be co-ordinated by the Food and Environment Ministry in co-operation with the Health and Elderly Ministry

– A number of voluntary initiatives, aimed at raising awareness about the issue of harmful chemicals in tattoo ink, are in the works

– Also in the works is information regarding harmful chemicals in permanent make-up for cosmetologists