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European Commission reports on Progress in the Development of Alternative Methods to Animal Testing for Cosmetics

The report stresses the continued commitment in Europe and worldwide to find alternative approaches.

On 13 September, the European Commission presented its yearly report on Alternative Methods to Animal Tests in the Field of Cosmetics to the European Parliament and Council.

The Cosmetics Directive prohibits animal testing in the EU of finished cosmetic products since 2004, animal testing of ingredients of cosmetic products is prohibited since 2009. A marketing ban is also in place which prohibits selling in the EU cosmetic products containing ingredients which have been tested on animals irrespective of the place of the testing after March 2009.

For many of the tests needed to ensure the safety of cosmetic products, alternative methods are developed and validated by now. However, work continues to close the remaining gap for the small number of the most complex effects on health for which the marketing ban deadline comes into force in March 2013.

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Find answers to questions:

  • What efforts have been made to find alternatives?
  • What progress has been made?
  • What next ?
in the European Commission press release (IP/11/1028 of 13.09.11)

 

See pdf icon Report on the Development, Validation and Legal Acceptance of Alternative Methods to Animal tests in the Field of Cosmetics (2009), 13.9.2011, COM(2011)558 final

 

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