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Full EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Full EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics

Today the last deadline to phase out animal testing for cosmetic products in Europe enters into force. As of March 11, cosmetics tested on animals cannot be marketed any more in the EU.
European Commissioner in charge of Health & Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg, stated that the Commission wants to engage with third countries to follow the European approach.
The quest to find alternative methods will continue as full replacement of animal testing by alternative methods is not yet possible. The Commission has made about EUR 238 million available between the years 2007 and 2011 for research into alternative methods.
However, industry reacted furiously to the ban, saying it would "act as a brake on innovation" while doing little to improve animal welfare.
Animal testing in the Union is already prohibited since 2004 for cosmetic products and since 2009 for cosmetic ingredients ('testing ban'). As from March 2009, it is also prohibited to market in the Union cosmetic products containing ingredients which have been tested on animals ('marketing ban'). For the most complex human health effects (repeated-dose toxicity, including skin sensitisation and carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics) the deadline for the marketing ban was extended to 11 March 2013.

Source: European  Commission, Euractiv