CEN creates new Project Committee on Tattooing services 

On 7 July 2014, CEN Technical Board agreed to the creation of a new Project Committee, CEN/TC 435, in order to develop a new European standard on tattooing services.

Picture showing someone being tattooed

Tattooing may entail a risk of infection since the needles used may have contact with blood and a superficial skin wound of a greater or lesser extent can occur depending on the size of the tattoo. In order to avoid as much as possible any risks for the health of consumers, tattooing services need to operate properly and to comply with hygienic requirements.

The new project committee will develop a European Standard establishing requirements related to the hygienic performance of tattooing including aspects related to the job specification, training, personal hygiene, aftercare, facilities as well as instructions for cleaning and disinfection of equipment.