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ONE Standard for ALL: Li Pigments® response to REACH

by Teryn Darling May 13, 2022

EU Reach is a part of the EU regulatory system.  It is a regulation which improves the protection of the human health and the environment from risks that can be posed by chemicals. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. Below is a link to the new list of colorants, ingredients and substances that are now banned in the EU starting January 4th, 2022.

Banned List of Colorants, Ingredients and Substances

This new list of banned colorants, ingredients and substances affected all PMU and Body Tattoo pigment manufactures. Li Pigments® is proud of all its hard work during 2020 and 2021 to reformulate and meet these new restrictions and limitation requirements established by EU REACH that is now in full effect.

Li Pigments® is even more proud of their decision to not only remove any of the newly banned substances from their EU formulas, but they removed these newly banned substances from all formulas for the entire world. Meaning, that Li Pigments® does not have any colorant, ingredient or substance that the EU deems unsafe in any of its pigment formulas period, not in the US or any other country even though it was not required. The EU sets the gold standard in safety, and we are meeting that high standard in all our pigments for every artist and client worldwide no matter what country you live in.

The Testing

There are Colorants tested according to this resolution provide a high level of safety and a minimum health risk for consumers. All pigments must pass the stringent testing in order to be distributed, sold and used in the EU. The resolution employs the following tests for pigments:

  • Aromatic Amines known to cause Cancer (20 Substances)
  • Carcinogens in Categories 1,2 and 3 denoted in the Council Directive 1967/548/EEC of 27th June 1967 (7 Substances)
  • Dyes which are carcinogenic, mutagenic, have reprotoxic or sensitizing properties i.e. cause allergic conditions (35 Substances)
  • Metals as Impurities (13 Substances)
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), Benzene-a-pyrene (BaP)
  • Microbiological Test of Sterility 

Li Pigments® submits every color in every formula to the CTL (Chemical Technological Laboratory) in Germany for testing every two years and has been for over 25 years.  Li Pigments® passes the ResAP(2008) requirements and are certified under the Chemical Technological Laboratory Database.

Written by Teryn Darling

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