Stakeholders Converge On California For Animal-Testing Bill Showdown
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
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.
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Late-stage, industry-driven amendments to SB 1249 eliminated terms that could have made companies liable for animal testing entirely outside their control. The bill that passed Aug. 31 is still rife with legal risks for companies that claim exemptions, according to Sacramento-area attorney Angela Diesch.
Recent procurement activities show an agency increasingly focused on cosmetics’ safety vis-a-vis microbial threats and, in the case of talc-containing products, asbestos. Meanwhile, FDA seeks a 3D bioprinter to use in organ toxicity studies as an alternative to traditional animal models.
The NGO unveiled a six-point plan in July to reduce animal suffering under the European chemical regulation. Needs include greater funding to advance alternative methods and less red tape to encumber their regulatory approval, according to the animal-welfare group.