All upcoming events, major updates to the website and other news of general interest to ESTP members will be listed here with corresponding links to the content. Scientific news and commentaries to current publications in the tattoo and PMU sector are regularly compiled and sent as newsletter to members. You will find all current and past newsletter in the archive.


ESTP Comments to the UK Calls for Evidence on the tattoo REACH restriction

The UK opened a call for evidence for evaluate if it should amend the restriction or adopt it unchanged.

Report from the 5th World Congress on Tattoo and Pigment Research in Amsterdam

Read the report from the 5th world congress including key aspects raised in the panel discussion on REACH.

WCTP 2021 Press Release

Read the press release for the 5th World Congress on Tattoo and Pigment Research.

ESTP letter to the European Ombudsman

Letter regarding Legal uncertainties of the current REACH Restriction on tattoo ink and permanent make-up

Date: 09.11.2020

Online participation project „Vision of a holistic tattoo legislation in the EU"
Date: 27.04.2020

The ESTP starts an exciting experiment:  How would a tattoo legislation look like, if we write it? Join the discussion and make your ideas heard. 

ESTP Open letter to the European Commission
Date: 24.10.2019

The European Commission is about to finalize the restriction proposal on tattoo inks and permanent make up under REACH.
The ESTP board once again expressed their concerns in an open letter. 


Next WCTP will take place on 24-26 August 2021 in Amsterdam
Date: 20.06.2019

The next World Congress of Tattoo and Pigment Research (WCTP) will take place in August 2021 in the marvelous city of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Save the date and reserve some extra time to enjoy this unique capital.

Inaugural ESTP Tattoo Newsletter
Date: 14.06.2019

Today, our first newsletter has been sent out to ESTP members. It compiles the recent research literature on the topics of tattoo and permanent make-up.  The newsletter is edited by Dr. Marie Leger who will invite other members of the board to write Take Home Points for selected articles. The newsletter also contains a tattooist’s corner that will provide interesting content for a broader audience.

The newsletter is a service provided for our members only. They will soon be accessible and archived on the website after member login.


Pictures and presentations from the ECTP congress in Bern are now online!
Date: 10.05.2019

Many of the speakers from the ECTP 2019 agreed to publish their presentations online. Take a change to learn from their compiled knowledge! Further, the pictures taken during the conference can now be found on our website. We thank all participants and organizers once again who helped making this such a successful event!

In December 2018, the ECHA announced the 2nd public consultation on the Draft opinion of the ECHA Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) on the proposed restriction on substances in tattoo and permanent make-up inks. The members of the ESTP board compiled a second extensive comment about the drawbacks and limitations of the proposed restriction under REACH. The ESTP board also reached out to all members of the society to contribute during this important legislational step that will likely bring many changes to the field in the next years. The compiled comments from the 1st and 2nd public hearing can be accessed here.