EU Bans Animal Testing on Cosmetics
After a 20-year campaign launched by animal-testing charity Cruelty Free International and championed by ethical beauty brand The Body Shop in the 90s, the European Union will ban animal testing for cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients on 11 March 2013.
The ban covers both products made in the EU as well as imported cosmetic products. So brands manufacturing in China, for example – where animal testing is still required for many products before they can retail in the country – will have to rethink their production process. US-based animal protection charity Peta has already been helping Chinese scientists discover new and effective ways to test cosmetic ingredients, funding the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) to hold teaching seminars last November at Beijing Business & Technology University.
The ban marks significant changes afoot for the beauty industry and follows the recent news that fragrances such as Chanel No 5 could be dramatically altered under a proposed law on allergens that could see several key ingredients banned in 2014 for harmful properties.