Communicate formulations of tattooing products Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

As a manufacturer or importer of tattooing products, including certain comparable substances and preparations, you must notify the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) of the formulations.

Tattooing products are not cosmetic products, but substances or mixtures that are introduced into or under the human skin, remain there and are intended to influence the appearance. These are for example:

  • Tattoo inks
  • Permanent makeup
  • Agents with which tattoo inks are mixed before use, such as thinners
  • Agents for removing tattooing products.

You want to market such agents in Germany? If so, you must submit the formulation to the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety before you market these products in Germany. The notification requirement does not apply to devices such as needles or lasers.

The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety will pass on the formulation and your data to the poison information centres. Your data and prescriptions will be treated confidentially and transmitted in encrypted form. Based on your information, the poison information centres advise tattooed people or the treating medical staff or other experts in case of health problems.

The notification to the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety does not replace the examination whether your tattooing product is legally compliant or safe. This is the responsibility of manufacturers or importers. The monitoring authorities of the federal states carry out random checks on tattooing products that are on the market.

- completed table document with data on tattooing means

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: no

Personal appearance required: no

Confidence level: high

Online procedure for the notification of formulations of tattooing products to the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (available soon)

Related Links

  • Tabellendokument für die Mitteilung der Rezepturen von Tätowiermitteln auf der Internetseite des Bundesamtes für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit

Preconditions

They manufacture tattooing products including comparable substances and additives, import them into Germany or place them on the market in Germany.

Related Links

  • § 2 Verordnung über Mittel zum Tätowieren einschließlich bestimmter vergleichbarer Stoffe und Zubereitungen aus Stoffen (Tätowiermittel-Verordnung)
  • §§ 26 und 27 Lebensmittel-, Bedarfsgegenstände- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch (Lebensmittel- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch, LFGB)
  • Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1907/2006 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 18. Dezember 2006 zur Registrierung, Bewertung, Zulassung und Beschränkung chemischer Stoffe (REACH)
  • erordnung (EU) 2020/2081 der Kommission vom 14. Dezember 2020 zur Änderung des Anhangs XVII der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1907/2006 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates zur Registrierung, Bewertung, Zulassung und Beschränkung chemischer Stoffe (REACH) betreffend Stoffe in Tätowierfarben oder Permanent-Make-up

Related Links

  • Informationen zur Mitteilungspflicht zu Tätowiermitteln auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit
  • Antworten zu häufig gestellten Fragen und rechtlichen Anforderungen bei Tätowiermitteln auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit
  • Öffentlicher Schlüssel für eine E-Mail-Verschlüsselung auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit

The notification for the formulation of tattooing products is done electronically. You can also transmit data for several prescriptions of one company at the same time:

  • For data storage and correspondence, the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety assigns a BVL company code for each communicating company.
    • If you do not already have a company code, you can apply for one before submitting the prescription notification.
    • You can apply for the company code in the online process or informally by email with your contact information such as company name, address and phone number.
  • Download the table document from the website of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, open it in a spreadsheet or word processing program and fill it out.
  • Use the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) for your notification - if available.
  • If no INCI name is available for an ingredient, please use the usual chemical name or, in the case of colourants, the CI number (Colour Index).
  • You can transmit your information electronically to the BVL in various ways.
    • Online procedure: (available soon)
      • Call up the online form, enter your company code and all other required information and upload the table document with the data of your tattooing product.
      • After logging into your organisation account, you can submit the tattoo funds notification.
    • Email:
      • Send the spreadsheet document as an email attachment.
      • You can encrypt emails if needed.
    • Mail:
      • If you want to send the table document by post, save it on an electronic data carrier such as a CD-ROM or DVD and then send it.
  • The BVL will formally check the completeness of your information and, if necessary, contact you with a request for correction.
  • Check the request for correction and inform the BVL of the need for changes. If you have no corrections, you do not need to do anything further.
  • You will automatically receive a transfer confirmation of your data after approximately 4 weeks.
  • Provided that all information is correct, the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety will transmit your data to the poison information centres.
  • You will receive a confirmation of the notification for your records.

Responsible for the content
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Last update or date of publication
11.11.2021