Commission reports on progress in the development of alternative methods to animal testing for cosmetics

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Series Details IP/11/1028 (13.9.11)
Publication Date 13/09/2011
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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 Directive1 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 effects2 on health for which the marketing ban deadline comes into force in March 2013.

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