Cosmetics

Cosmetics containing hazardous substances must meet the standards set for that group of products.

If you are importing or manufacturing cosmetic products, you must meet the conditions of the group standard which includes a list of substances that cannot be used  as well as rules around quantities, labelling, packaging and storage.

If you are importing or manufacturing cosmetic products, you must meet the conditions of the group standard.

The group standard includes a list of substances that cannot be used in cosmetics, as well as rules around quantities, labelling, packaging and storage.

To find out whether your product is covered by the Cosmetic Products Group Standard, and therefore able to be imported or manufactured in New Zealand, read the latest version of the group standard, found in the list of group standards.

Please also take a look at schedule 4 - 8 of the Cosmetic Products Group Standard to see restrictions on components.

If you are unsure, you can ask us for advice.

If you would like to classify your product yourself, follow the advice in the related content. There are more requirements to fit in the Cosmetic Products Group Standard than other group standards, but these are to keep people safe. If you are unsure if your product has restricted chemicals, find out before importing!

Nanomaterials in cosmetic products Plus

Any person intending to import or manufacture a cosmetic product containing nanoparticles other than zinc oxide or titanium dioxide must, at the time they first import or manufacture the substance, notify the Environmental Protection Authority.  Manufacturers or importers notifying us of nanomaterials in their products must use the following form:

Notification of nanomaterials in cosmetic products (word,  392 kb)

The completed notification form should be posted to: EPA, P.O. Box 131, Wellington 6140, New Zealand, or emailed to: cosmetics@epa.govt.nz.

List of nanomaterials notified to the EPA Plus

The company name, product name and nanomaterial contained in each notification will be listed here. This information will be updated as notifications come to hand.

Key Pharmaceuticals

Blistex Lip Ointment - Silicon dioxide

Blistex Soothe and Smooth - Silicon dioxide

Blistex Lip Radiance - Silica Dimethyl Silylate

The Body Shop International

Wild Rose Targeted Hand Oil - Silica dimethyl silylate

Honey Bronze 02 Lip Nectar shade – honey beige - Silica

Honey Bronze 01 Lip Nectar shade – honey bunch - Silica

Born Lippy Satsuma Shimmer Lip Balm - Silica

Coconut Lip Butter - Silica

Mango Lip Butter - Silica

Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter - Silica

Spiced Vanilla Lip Balm - Silica

Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil 01 - Silica

Sweet Lemon Body Scrub - Silica

Mango Body Scrub - Silica

Almond Oil Nail and Cuticle Treatment - Silica silylate

Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil - Silica silylate

Carbon Black Eye Definer - Carbon black

Carbon Brown Eye Definer - Carbon black

Carbon Blue Eye Definer - Carbon black

Estee Lauder Australia Pty Ltd

Bobbi Brown Eye Liner Blackest Black Ink - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara-Black - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner -Pitch Black - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner - Chocolate Truffle - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner – Sapphire - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner - Steel Grey - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner - Scotch - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner - Violet Night - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner - Black Ivy - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner - Black Ivy - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Valentine Red - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Roza - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Bittersweet - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Navy - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Pale - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Pink Peony - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Bordeaux - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Port - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Cherry Tomato - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Nude Beige - Black 2 (CI77266 NANO), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Greige - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish-Greige – Sample - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Glitter Nail Polish-Smoke 11ML/.37FLOZ - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano),

Bobbi Brown Glitter Nail Polish-Smoke - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Bobbi Brown Glitter Nail Polish-Ballet Pink - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Clinique Natural To Dramatic Liquid Eyeliner – Black - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Clinique Natural To Dramatic Liquid Eyeliner – Brown - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara – Black - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara Black/Brown - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Zero Smudge Eyeliner-Brown- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Estee Lauder Zero Smudge Eyeliner-Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Estee Lauder Little Black Liner-Onyx- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Knockout Mascara -Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Mascara - Extreme Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara - Extreme Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara - Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara –Black - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Eye Lash Primer - 'Little Black Primer - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Brow Now Volumizing Brow Tint –Blonde - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Brow Now Volumizing Brow Tint - Light Brunette - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Brow Now Volumizing Brow Tint – Brunette - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Brow Now Volumizing Brow Tint - Dark Brunette - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Brow Now Volumizing Brow Tint – Black - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer-Ballerina Pink- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer-Nudite - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer-Blue Blood - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer-Npearl - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer - Le Rouge - Envious- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano), Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Graphblack- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Greyprint- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Earthline- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Brownborder- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Photogravure- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Auto-De-Blu- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Smoothblue- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Uniform- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Jade Way- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Photogravure- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Broque- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Raisinette- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Metalhead- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Skyscape- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Vent- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Twinked- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - $$$- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Snowed In- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Sterling Silver- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Technakohl Eyeliner - Clay- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Kohl Power Eye Pencil - Mystery- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Kohl Power Eye Pencil - Feline- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Kohl Power Eye Pencil - Raven- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Kohl Power Eye Pencil - Orpheus- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Macpro Creme Eye Liner - Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Penultimate Eye Liner - Rapidblack- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Mascara Zoom Fast Black Lash- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Superslick Eyeliner - Nocturnal- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Superslick Eyeliner - Pure Show- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Superslick Eyeliner - On The Hunt- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Superslick Eyeliner - Defiantly Feline - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Fix Bold Black Lash Mascara- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Opulash Optimum Black Mascara- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac False Lashes Extreme Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Haute & Naughty Mascara - Too Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Pro Glitter-Emerald- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Pro Glitter-Amethyst- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Extended Play Gigablack Mascara- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac In Extreme Dimension 3d Black Lash Mascara- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Pro Longwear Eye Liner - Definedly Black - Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac 3d Glitters - 3d Brass Gold- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac 3d Glitters - 3d Silver- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac 3d Glitters - 3d Pink- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac 3d Glitters - 3d Lavender- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac 3d Glitters - 3d Pale Mint- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac 3d Glitters - 3d Platinum- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac 3d Glitters - 3d Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac False Lashes Extreme - Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Zoom Fast Black Lash - Black- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Nail Lacquer - Snazzy Hound- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Nail Lacquer - Veryimportant Poodle- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Nail Lacquer - Simply Swinging- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Nail Lacquer - 6-Inch Stilettos- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Nail Lacquer - Unzipped- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Nail Lacquer - Sweet Potion- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Nail Lacquer - Flamingo- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Scultuer Lash - Superblack- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Nail Lacquer - Cyber Lime- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Irresistibly Charming Glitters And Pigments - Blue- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Nail Lacquer - Madame Candy- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Nail Lacquer - Black Stallion- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Mascara Mini Zoom Fast Black Lash- Black 2 (CI77266 Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw15  - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw20 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw25 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw30 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw35 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc15 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc20 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc25 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc30 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc35 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc40 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc42 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc45 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc37 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc44 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc50 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw43 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc27 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc32 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nc43 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw23 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw33 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw44 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw46 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw48 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Studio Tech Foundation - Nw58 - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Wet Wild Wonderful - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Pretty Plush - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Wildly Lush - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Ample Pink - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Big Kiss - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Fullfilled - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Bountiful - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Full For You - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Oversexed - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Posh It Up  - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Big Baby - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Power Supply - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Plushglass - Nice Buzz - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Funtabulous - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Like Venus - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Baby Sparks - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Money Honey - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Rags To Riches - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Date Night - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Get Rich Quick - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Bare Necessity - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Steppin' Out - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Sugarimmed - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Love Alert - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Moth To Flame - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Smile - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Extra Amps - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Lipgloss Dazzleglass - Girl's Delight - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Just Superb - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Loud & Lovely - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Richer, Lusher - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Double Dare - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Deelight - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Over Indulgence - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Fashion Scoop - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Partial To Pink - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Softly Lit - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Petite Indulgence - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Playful Pet  - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Dark Outside - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Richly Revered - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Enchanter - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Calypso Beat - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Just A Love  - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Baby Sparks  - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss  - Pink Sugar - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Zoom Lash Mascara - Waterfast Black - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac False Lashes Waterproof Mascara - Stay Black  - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss - Imperial Light - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss - Dynasty At Dusk - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss - Floating Lotus - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss - Double Happiness - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss - Pagoda - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss - Paper Lantern - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss - Rising Sun - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Pro Longwear Waterproof Browset - Emphatically Blonde - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Pro Longwear Waterproof Browset - Red Chestnut - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Pro Longwear Waterproof Browset - Quite Brunette - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Pro Longwear Waterproof Browset - Bold Brunette - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Pro Longwear Waterproof Browset - Brown Ebony - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Pro Longwear Waterproof Browset - Toasted Blonde - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Haute And Naughty Waterproof Lash - Shockproof - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss Guo Dei - Pale Moon - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss Guo Dei - Love Of Roses - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Cremesheen Glass Lipgloss Guo Dei - Bright Pink Bouquet - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Irresistibly Charming Lipgloss - Violet - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Irresistibly Charming Lipgloss - Roses - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Irresistibly Charming Lipgloss - Nudes - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Enchanted Eve Lip Eye Bag – Pink - Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Enchanted Eve Lip Eye Bag - Copper- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Shoreline- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Squid- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Cat's Meow- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Black Walnut- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Polar Ice- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Nothing On- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - New Marine- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Groundbreaker- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Long Espresso- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Ocean Liner- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Swamped- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Grey Tide- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Mac Modern Twist Kajal Liner - Nightcast- Silica Silylate (Nano)

Shiseido (New Zealand) Ltd

Za True White Perfect Protector - Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol

Shiseido Ibuki Protective Moisturizer - Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol

Toothpaste and teeth whitening products Plus

Toothpastes (as long as they contain less than 0.1% H2O2) are covered by the Cosmetic Products Group Standard.

Teeth whitening products containing less than 8% H2O2 are covered by the Dental Products (Subsidiary Hazard) Group Standard.

Teeth whitening products containing greater than 8% H2O2 are covered by the Dental Products (Oxidising 5.1.1C) Group Standard.

1% H2O2 is equivalent to 3% carbamide peroxide.

Schedule 4 - 8 for the Cosmetic Products Group Standard Plus

The Cosmetic Products Group Standard 2017 makes reference to Schedules 4 - 8, which you can find in the related content at the end of this page.

These schedules contain the following information:

  • a list of permitted colouring agents
  • a list of permitted UV filters (and associated restrictions)
  • a list of components that are not allowed in cosmetic products
  • a list of components that are allowed within certain restrictions and these restrictions.

These are required to keep people safe when using the cosmetics so it is important to look at these schedules to ensure that your product complies.

Tattoo inks and permanent make-up Plus

An increasing number of New Zealanders are choosing to get tattoos. One in three under 30 year olds reportedly have them, and there is a greater awareness around the need for the tattoo, and the ink used, to be safe. 

In November 2011, we approved a new standard to better manage the risks associated with tattoo inks and permanent make-up substances. 

The new standard, called the Tattoo and Permanent Make-up Group Standard, is in line with international best practice. It is intended to look after the health of people working in the industry as well as those receiving tattoos and permanent makeup procedures. In preparing the standard, the EPA consulted with professional tattooists, beauty therapists and health agencies. 

Understanding the risks

To help importers, manufacturers and suppliers of inks understand how they can manage the risks associated with tattoos and permanent make-up, a set of guidelines has also been developed to accompany the standard.

These guidelines have not been updated since the implementation of the EPA notices, however, when read in conjunction with the 2017 group standard, they still give relevant and useful information.

The guidelines provide information about preservatives, colourants and heavy metals that inks should not contain. They also outline some of your responsibilities if you are an importer or manufacturer.

 Guidelines for tattoo and permanent makeup substances