ECHA ‘Ignoring’ Law, Continues To OverREACH With Cosmetic Animal Tests – Cruelty Free International
According to the NGO, not only are animals continuing to suffer in testing the Cosmetics Regulation’s animal-testing prohibitions were designed to eliminate, cruelty-free brands are having an increasingly difficult time avoiding animal-tested ingredients due to failings in the European Chemicals Agency’s administration of REACH.
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The European Chemicals Agency's Board of Appeal finds that REACH requires ingredient registrants to perform animal studies, even if their substances are used exclusively in cosmetic products. Historically opposed industry and animal welfare groups both may lose under the board’s decisions.
Animal-welfare groups have been critical of the European Chemicals Agency's administration of REACH's "last resort" principle. PETA UK says the agency's latest report to the European Commission on registrants' use of alternative, non-animal methods similarly comes up short.
Noncompliance with REACH information requirements remains an issue of concern for European authorities. ECHA aims to attack the problem by increasing the amount of compliance checks it performs while working with industry to drive improvements and national authorities to strengthen enforcement.