The regulation of pigments is complicated. When it comes to cosmetic tattoo, the focus is usually on the shape, the technique, and the colour… not so much on the chemistry of the pigment itself. The assumption from both technicians and clients is that pigments are checked for their safety or else they would not be able to buy them. This is not the case, not yet.
In December 2020, the European Union (EU) introduced new regulations that will restrict the chemicals in pigments (or “inks”) used for body art or cosmetic tattooing (aka Permanent Makeup, PMU). This will cause some brands to make changes to their pigments or withdraw some from sales.
As Australia looks to adopt similar regulations, with Queensland the first state to do so, Australian technicians and business owners need to be made aware of the facts surrounding the regulations. We have prepared answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that cover everything from the pigments themselves and the new regulations to who it impacts and how.