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Cosmetics derogation – Borg statement

Posted: 12 December 2012. Updated: 12 December 2012

There have been many rumours and murmurings regarding the marketing ban on cosmetics testing, which is due to come into place in March of next year.

At a meeting in mid-November the EU Commissioner-designate for Health, Tonio Borg, made a number of assertions regarding certain policy areas including cosmetics. Dr Borg is reported as assuring Dagmar Roth-Behrendt MEP that he felt the ban on animal testing should enter into force in March 2013.

It is the belief of ADI that the cosmetic industry has had a sufficient amount of time in which to develop alternatives: postponing the 2013 deadline would reward those companies still using animals for their lack of efforts, and will wipe out the motivation for them to replace those unreliable and unnecessary tests.(1) This thought was echoed by Dr Borg who stated that “necessity is the mother of invention”;(2) clearly if cosmetics companies can no longer rely on outdated animal tests, they would be forced to develop alternatives, thus ensuring progress.

Since this meeting, Dr Borg has been elected to the position of EU Commissioner for Health.(3)

1. - accessed 27th November 2012.
2. - accessed 27th November 2012\
3. - accessed 27/11/12

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