What is EU REACH?

We'd like to help artists within our PMU community understand the effects of EU REACH regulations, and how this impacts you as an artist. This change only impacts countries within the European Union. Changes do not impact artists in the USA and Canada. 


What is EU REACH?

EU REACH is a regulation by the European Union (EU), adapted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from risks. It applies to all chemical substances; not only those used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day lives, for example in cleaning products, paints, as well as articles such as clothes, furniture, cosmetics, and colors used in permanent makeup (PMU) and body tattoo.

What effect does EU REACH Regulation have?

On Jan 4, 2022 under the EU REACH Regulation, the European Union (EU) has restricted the use of certain chemicals in tattoo ink and permanent makeup inks (PMU) within the European Union.

This affects every pigment company selling products within the EU. Companies will be required to reformulate their pigments in order to comply with the EU REACH Regulations.

Who is affected by EU REACH and can I still use the pigments?

The change in the EU REACH Regulation only impacts countries within the European Union. Changes do not impact artists in the USA and Canada or anywhere else in the world.

What pigment colors are affected by EU REACH?

Certain ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol found in tattoo and permanent makeup inks are no longer allowed. Many pigment color ingredients have been banned as an effect of EU REACH Regulations.

Colors mainly affecting Perma Blend and Tina Davies pigments:

YELLOW 14 - CI 21095
RED 269 - CI 12466
BLUE 15 - CI 74160
GREEN 7 - CI 1328-53-6

For reference, here's an overview of the pigments no longer allowed with EU REACH.

Pigment Colors before EU REACH

Ink colors available before EU REACH ban

Pigment Colors after EU REACH

Ink colors available after EU REACH ban

Why were these ingredients banned?

The authorities examined the possible health risks (such as skin sensitizers) of these chemicals and investigated the availability of safer alternatives. Although there has not been any documented adverse reactions, the aim is to make the ingredients used in tattoos and permanent makeup safer for use.

How can I tell what pigment has these ingredients?

Look at your pigments MSDS or CI forms. Download Perma Blend and Tina Davies MSDS and CI forms here.


Can I still use Tina Davies and Perma Blend Pigments?

If you are within USA and Canada, you can CONTINUE using the pigments. The EU REACH Regulations do not apply to artists outside of the European Union.

If you are an artist within the European Union, you can use pigments containing Blue 15 and Green 7 until Jan 2023. Colors containing isopropyl alcohol, Yellow 14 and Red 269 can no longer be used as of Jan 4, 2022.

What is Perma Blend and Tina Davies doing to be compliant with EU REACH?

As part of their constant quest for promoting excellence and safety in the industry,  Perma Blend is committed to ensuring that their products meets  all new EU requirements per regulations established by EU REACH.

Perma Blend has created a new line of pigment called LUXE that complies with the new standards to meet EU REACH regulations for the affected markets. The roll out for Tina Davies I ❤️INK brow and lip pigments is currently being formulated and tested and will also be available in will occur in 2022.

Artists in the US, Canada and outside of the EU can continue to purchase the original color formulations.

We are committed to being proactive and as transparent as possible for the continued success of our artists around the world. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions at all, support@tinadavies.com.


Tina Davies Professional and Perma Blend

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