The safety concern over tattoo pigments used in the EU is gaining widespread attention. And I am pleased to announce the 1st European Congress on Tattoo and Pigment Research (ECTP) which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, November 13-14, 2013.

This 1st ECTP congress is organized to present cutting edge research on tattoos and industrial pigments ranging from basic research to clinical research including health aspects and social sciences. The congress invites chemists, biologists, physicists, toxicologists, formulation scientists, medical doctors including dermatologists and plastic surgeons, epidemiologists, sociologists and experts working with regulatory affairs to attend and to contribute with their presentations.

I met the organizers of this conference (Dr. Jørgen Serup and Dr. Nicolas Kluger) in Berlin and both are very involved with the tattoo community – I might add that Dr. Kluger has several tattoos and Dr. Serup is very interested in the history of tattooing. Although it will be a bit on the technical side, I think it will be a groundbreaking event in many ways!