EU Animal-Test Ban Exceptions Offer Wiggle Room – Cosmetics Europe
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Firms using multipurpose ingredients that required animal testing to comply with non-cosmetics-related regulations are safe under the EU’s animal-testing ban, suggests Gerald Renner, Cosmetics Europe’s director of technical regulatory affairs, at the in-cosmetics conference in Paris. However, it appears that animal testing to fulfill requirements in third countries, such as China, can not be applied toward compliance with European law.
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The EU's ban on animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients could be narrowly limited to tests performed to meet the European Cosmetics Regulation's data requirements – exempting testing undertaken to comply with third-country regulations or other EU laws – if the European Court of Justice sides with industry next year. Stakeholders expect the court's advocate general to render an opinion on the matter in March 2016.
The European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients awaits a ruling from the European Court of Justice – expected in about two years – as to whether the ban in the EU necessarily prohibits the marketing of cosmetic ingredients tested on animals to meet regulatory requirements in third countries. Animal-welfare groups claim EFfCI’s aim is to “severely weaken” the ban and “herald a return to the dark days of animals suffering.”
The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments protests that “in practice, the animal tests bans would have virtually no application,” following ECHA’s clarification of REACH-related exceptions to Europe’s prohibition on animal testing for cosmetic ingredients. According to ECHA, the ban does not apply to testing required under REACH for “environmental endpoints, exposure of workers and non-cosmetic uses of substances.”