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The European Society for tattoo and pigment research (ESTP) is inviting to their interdisciplinary, biannual congress for the 5th time. Since the successful founding of the society in 2013, the number of participants continued to rise and the research on tattooing gained more and more international attention. We now welcome researchers, tattoo & PMU artists, medical specialists, tattoo manufacturers and other parties to the 5th World Congress on Tattoo and Pigment Research - WCTP2021. 

The broad audience in our society is unique and needs a unique congress to fuel exchange between all parties. WCTP2021 will proceed in this direction by encouraging discussions in forums, educational seminars, and trainings.


The main topics of the 2021 congress will include: 

1.                           REACH Forum- Upcoming challenges for the industry, damage reduction 

2.                           Hygiene: approaches to aftercare, professional training, CEN-standards and ink traceability

3.                           Tattoo and permanent make-up complications: allergies, infections, precautions including and educational seminars

4.                           Tattoo removal - The state-of-the-art, limitations, laser demonstrations

5.                           Research updates: Chemical analysis, safety testing, case reports, epidemiology

6.                           The diverse spectrum of tattooing (cosmetic tattooing, microblading, medical tattooing, scar treatment, hair pigmentation)

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in 2021. 

On behalf of the ESTP board and the Local Organising Committee


Please note that the European Congress of Tattoo and Pigment Research has been renamed to World Congress of Tattoo and Pigment Research.

WCTP 2021 Congress President
Sebastiaan van der Bent
Dermatology Department
Universitair Medische Centra
Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

WCTP 2021 Congress Co-host
Thijs Veenstra
RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


ESTP Research Chairman
Jørgen Serup, MD, Professor
Department of Dermatology
Bispebjerg University Hospital
Copenhagen, Denmark


Congress dates
24-26 August 2021

Congress language

Amsterdam UMC

De Boelelaan 1117
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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