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Cosmetics Testing Ends in Europe: A victory for ethics and science

Posted: 11 March 2013. Updated: 11 March 2013

Today (March 11th) Animal Defenders International (ADI) welcomes the final stage of implementation of the European Cosmetics Directive. This ends the sale, in the 27 countries of the European Union, of cosmetics that continue to be tested on animals elsewhere in the world. The historic move not only marks the end of the testing of any cosmetics on animals in the EU but, for the first time, puts pressure on cosmetics manufacturers in the USA, Japan, China, and elsewhere to end testing on animals, if they want to sell in the huge EU market.

ADI’s partner group, the UK’s National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) ran a 30 year campaign against cosmetic tests with ADI UK joining up 20 years ago. ADI believes this is not just a victory for ethics but for science, as it has seen the systematic replacement of animal tests with scientifically advanced non-animal alternatives, which closed the deal. A series of humane alternative methods were developed, simply because companies were compelled to find them, in the face of upcoming cosmetic testing deadlines set by the European Parliament.

Jan Creamer, ADI President: “This is an historic victory – an end to horrific and cruel animal tests in Europe and now other countries are under pressure to do the same. This also shows that pressure needs to be exerted by Government, on behalf of the public, if animal tests are to be eliminated. Cosmetics tests were replaced because companies were given a deadline to do it.”

“A huge factor when we were securing the bans on cosmetics testing, first in the UK and then in Europe, was that these tests were unjustified and unnecessary. However, in terms of the safety testing protocols laid down in regulations, this was always complex. People use products such as cosmetics and toiletries over decades, around the eyes and mouth, so they are absorbed and ingested. However, because the European Parliament agreed that it is not necessary to have more and more of these products, they set deadlines for replacement tests to be introduced. That gave industry the incentive to spend some of their profits on change.”

“The simple fact is if we can have an effective safety testing strategy that does not use animals for products that are applied to the face and body each day, then we should be preparing to eliminate animal tests in other areas. When we campaigned for the Cosmetics Directive it was met by enormous opposition by animal testing companies, but when they had a deadline, they found the humane alternatives.”

The ADI and NAVS exposed the horrific nature of cosmetics testing, securing images inside animal laboratories, of racks of rabbits restrained in stocks having products dripped into their eyes, and guinea pigs with their backs raw and inflamed after having products applied to their skin.

For the majority of tests, animals have not been used for cosmetic ingredients in the EU since March 2009. The deadline for the replacement of certain animal tests under the marketing ban was extended to March 2013 in order to allow alternatives to be developed and approved.

ADI successfully secured an amendment to the new European Directive on animal experiments, which became law this year, calling for a ‘thematic review’ system of replacement of animal research, with a view to setting targets for replacement of other animal tests in a similar way to the target-setting system within the Cosmetics Directive.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Media contact:
Ashley Lovell/Angie Greenaway
Animal Defenders International
Tel: 020 7630 3344 or 07785 552548
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Film and photographs of animal testing are available from ADI

ADI update on cosmetic testing ban: http://bit.ly/QE4j1R

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With offices in London, Los Angeles and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world, educates the public on animals and environmental issues.

Through its Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research – http://www.ldf.org.uk – ADI funds non-animal scientific and medical research including cancer, safety tests and neuroscience.

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