FDA Releases Guidelines on Safeguarding Tattoo Ink from Microbes

The guidance is open to public comment for 90 days.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released preliminary guidelines to help tattoo ink manufacturers and distributors identify circumstances that could lead to microbial contamination in those inks. The FDA has received reports of illnesses and infections caused by tattoo inks. Subsequent testing has revealed the presence of microbial contamination in many sealed tattoo inks across the country.

“With about 30 percent of people living in the U.S. having a tattoo, it’s imperative that the FDA take all necessary steps to help ensure that tattoo inks are free of contamination,” said FDA Chief Scientist Namandjé Bumpus. “The FDA is issuing this draft guidance to help tattoo ink manufacturers and distributors recognize situations in which tattoo ink may become contaminated with microorganisms and take steps to protect public health.”

The draft guidance is open for public comment for 90 days.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Commissioner Califf as he oversees the attempt to implement safety guidelines for tattoo ink.
  • For FDA officials and scientists as they perform tests and review adverse reactions.
  • For healing for those who have become ill due to contaminated tattoo inks.

Sources: Food and Drug Administration


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