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EU cosmetics testing ban comes into force

Mar 12

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A victory for ethics and science

Yesterday, 11th March 2013, the EU Cosmetics Testing Ban came into force.

The EU ban means that any company wishing to sell NEW cosmetic products within the European Union must ensure that none of the ingredients, or finished products, have been tested on animals anywhere in the world. The ban affects all cosmetics including toiletries and beauty products from soap to toothpaste.

Meanwhile, L'Oréal, and other large multi-national companies are able to continue using animal testing to develop new products to sell outside Europe.

However, the ban only applies to NEW products, not the products that are already on our shop shelves manufactured by L'Oréal, and other companies that use animal testing.  These products contain ingredients that have been recently tested on animals and profits from sales can still be used to fund animal testing elsewhere in the world.

Ethical Consumer is one of a number of organisations, including Naturewatch, who are calling upon consumers to help step up the pressure, as it’s now even more important to boycott companies that continue to use animals testing.  The EU ban sends a strong message worldwide in support of cruelty-free beauty and in particular to countries such as China, who still demand animal testing for cosmetics.

We hope that progress will be made next to end the use of animals for testing household products. According to recent figures, over 4,000 animals were used for household product tests in Europe. In July 2011, the Coalition government announced a commitment to end the tests, but as yet no details of when a ban will be introduced have been given.

Check out our Product Guides to toiletries, cosmetics and household cleaning products.

You might also like to check out our Lush Prize website, a joint venture between Ethical Consumer and Lush Cosmetics to promote non-animal testing.

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