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23 June 2009

Swiss Regulations and Laws on Tattoo Colorants and Colors for Permanent Make-Up

Since 1st January 2006 there are laws and regulations for Tattoo Colorants and Permanent Make-Up in Switzerland(SR 817.023.41). The transisiton period ended 31st December 2007.

The following are forbidden:
a) Aromatic Amines acc. to list 1 parts a and b of EU ResAP(2008)1. The German "Tätowiermittelverordnung" has the same list of aromatic amines with the exception of 4-amino-3-fluorophenole, CAS no. 399-95-1.
b) Pigments and Colorants according to list 2 of EU ResAP(2008)1. The list of forbidden colorants is identical to the German list in the "Tätowiermittelverordnung".
c) Pigments acc. to appendix 2, columns 2-4 of the cosmetics regulation dated 23rd November 2005 - (Verordnung des EDI über kosmetische Mittel (VKos). The German law has the same list.
d) Substances in appendix 4 of the Swiss cosmetics regulations dated 23rd November 2005. This is identical to appendix I of the German Regulation.
e) Substances denoted in article 5, g-i of the "Chemikalienverbotsverordnung" - list of forbidden chemicals - dated 18th May 2005, i.e. substances classed as carcinogens, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction ( so-called CMR substances).
f) Substances classed as odorants.

All Colorants must be sterile. This is exactly the same as in EU ResAP(2008)1 and the German law.
The Swiss law contains parts of the EU ResAP(2008)1 and is very similar to the German law. We recommend to test products acc. to part 1 and 2 of EU ResAP(2008)1 and to only use those in Appendix 2, Column 1 of the Cosmetics Regulation. Preservatives are allowed as for "stay-on" cosmetics. The same maximum amounts are permitted. It is forbidden to use mixtures of pereservatives. See also Appendix VI of EU Regulation 76/68/EWG.

If there are any questions to d) and e) please enquire directly at CTL and we will give you our full support.

The Swiss Law was on the market before the German Laws and regulations. It may be possible that the many publications and broadcasts in the media - which where often initiated, supported and developed by and with CTL - may have been the reason for the early Laws in Switzerland.

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