Canada’s Animal-Testing Ban Would Require Authorizations For Last Resort Studies
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
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.
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