Questions Remain On Animal Testing Ban, Possible Loopholes
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
While it appears inevitable that the European Commission’s full ban on testing cosmetic ingredients on animals will proceed starting March 11 as dictated by the Cosmetics Directive, how the EC and member states will interpret and enforce the ban remains to be seen. Consulting firm Technology Sciences Group believes the regulation may be more flexible, and less onerous, than anticipated.
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Cosmetics launching to the EU market must be substantiated for safety, and that assessment could not rely on new animal tests conducted to comply with REACH or Chinese regulations or for any other reason if a European court takes its lead advisor's recommendation. Cruelty Free International would see that as a win, even if the marketing ban for animal-tested ingredients ends up being something less than initially thought.
Cruelty Free International calls on FDA to follow the EU’s example and ban animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients. The group has launched a new campaign to generate support among American consumers while inviting visitors to its website to sign a global pledge to end cosmetic animal testing worldwide.
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.