California’s Advancing Cosmetic Animal-Test Ban Poses Liabilities, Industry Says
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Universities and other accredited labs often test cosmetic ingredients on animals to assess potential health risks without manufacturers’ involvement or even their knowledge. Under a proposed bill advancing in California, such studies could render companies that use those ingredients non-compliant and subject to fines.
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California lawmakers returning Aug. 6 from summer recess will have cosmetics industry reps and animal welfare groups vying for their ears, with the legislative clock ticking on a highly contentious proposal, SB 1249, to prohibit the sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested “for any purpose” on animals.
NGO proponents’ apparent intention is to bar companies from testing new cosmetic ingredients on animals, limiting them to existing ingredients or alternative testing methods. However, draft legislation advancing in California could pose big problems for even the most committed cruelty-free brands.
Four years after enactment, Canada’s proposed legislation – which passed the Senate June 19 – would prohibit the sale of cosmetic products developed or manufactured using animal testing anywhere in the world. Exceptions in cases where viable alternatives don’t exist would be continent on authorizations from the Minister of Health.