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Summary of the Guild’s work surrounding QLD ink regulation thus far

February 8th 2019 - QLD Heath Department (QHD)contacted the ATG with expression of interest to participate in a discussion re the new Medicines and Poison Legislative scheme and its impacts on tattoo and permanent makeup.

23rd September 2019 - QLD Director of Environmental Hazards Unit sought expression of interest from the ATG to participate in a working group that will review the Departmental draft Standard, Body art and cosmetic tattoo ink requirements.

At this time the Environmental Hazards Unit were in the process of finalising draft standards which were intended to undergo legal review prior to formal public consultation in Feb 2020. The ATG Committee accepted this invitation and informed our Members of the upcoming talks.

1st November 2019 - QHD Presentation - Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 - Body art and Cosmetic tattoo ink requirements standard working group meeting. Outcomes - QHD were receptive to input from attendees and requested more information from the ATG re certain pigments listed within the draft. This information was subsequently forwarded to QHD.

8th November 2019 - QHD provided the following input via email;

  • Queensland Health will review the permitted concentrations of the substances, with particular focus on the colourants. In this regard the Industry representatives will provide additional information to further inform the review of concentration levels.

  • QH will monitor the progress of the European Union legislation and ink standards (i.e. ResAP (2008)1), and will conduct a review of any changes when it is available.

  • QH notes that manufacturers currently analyse their products on an annual basis, instead of each batch. Quality assurance procedures are used to ensure quality of inks.

  • QH will consider whether the ink safety certification (Inks Safety Forms) process can be done e.g. via incorporating ink safety certification with invoicing (includes all batch numbers supplied).

  • A follow up working group meeting will be scheduled for the 2nd week of December.

11th December 2019 - 2nd Roundtable talks - Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 - Body art and Cosmetic tattoo ink requirements standard working group. A modified draft was presented to the group. QHD discussed forth coming amendments to ResAP(2008)1) and a decision was made by QHD to delay further discussion until the EU amendments were presented to the EU Council in March 2020.- note - ResAP amendments were delayed until Dec 2020 due to the Covid19 Pandemic

2nd March 2021 - ATG received notice from Environmental Hazards Department QHD that the department were moving to finalise a draft which adopted (EC) No 1907/2006 and amending Annex XVII of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

3rd - 25th March 2021 - ATG consults industry participants Nationally and Internationally and Australian Supplier. Liases with key Members of the USA/EU movement to review the EC amendment.

29th March 2021 - ATG received Stakeholder alert Economics Governance Committee - call for submissions and inquiry process - Debt Reduction and savings BILL 2019.

31st March 2021 - ATG formally responds to QHD outlining the concerns of industry re the adoption of amending Annex XVII.

30th March 2021 - 1st April - ATG contacts Economic and Governance Committee QLD / Treasury Department / Environmental Hazards Department QHD seeking clarification and consultation on proposed amendments to the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 within the Debt Reduction and Savings Bill 2021.

5th April 2021 - ATG Committee hold online meeting with EU academic who has leased with Save the Pigments organisation

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