Pigment regulations for Queensland have been prepared and out for public consultation. The rest of Australia is likely to follow. The proposed regulations closely follow new European (EU) legislation, issued in December 2020.

What do the regulations mean?

  • Some ingredients will be restricted (effectively ‘banned’).
  • Manufacturers will have to change formulations or not sell some pigments.
  • Suppliers and users will need to have access to “Compliant Analysis Certificates” for every pigment they sell or use.
  • Compliance officers will check and can issue fines for non-compliance.
  • There will be a 12-month grace period for suppliers and users to make changes and be prepared.

Why do we need them?

  • Increasing use of chemicals classified by the EU as “carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic” (CMR).
  • Increasing use of laser tattoo removal can cause pigments to change into chemicals classified as CMR.
  • The ever-increasing number of people with some form of tattoo and the need to protect public health.


The draft Queensland regulations can be found with the links below so you can submit comments.

Business factsheet:


Draft Departmental Standard:


If you want to comment on the new (draft) regulations you can either complete a survey or email Queensland Health directly, following the instructions on this page:


APAN’S Position

APAN supports the regulation of the chemicals in pigments for a safe sustainable future for the cosmetic tattoo industry. APAN has had input to the preparation of the regulations to ensure the regulations are sensible and do not put a heavy burden on businesses and technicians.

If you want more information, we will be posting answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the website later this week

Our thanks to Robert McGowan for preparing this report.  Robert is the CEO of Think Aesthetics a Registered Training Organisation based in Brisbane, that specialises in delivering training, skills development, and nationally approved courses in Cosmetic Tattooing and Safety units.