Cosmetics and animal tests

The Cosmetics Directive foresees a regulatory framework with the aim of phasing out animal testing. It establishes a prohibition to test finished cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients on animals (testing ban), and a prohibition to market in the European Community, finished cosmetic products and ingredients included in cosmetic products which were tested on animals (marketing ban). The testing ban on finished cosmetic products applies since 11 September 2004, whereas the testing ban on ingredients or combination of ingredients will apply step by step as soon as alternative methods are validated and adopted, but with a maximum cut-off date of 6 years after entry into force of the Directive, i.e., 11 March 2009, irrespective of the availability of alternative non-animal tests. The marketing ban will apply step by step as soon as alternative methods are validated and adopted in EU legislation with due regard to the OECD validation process. This marketing ban will be introduced at the latest 6 years after entry into force of the Directive, i.e., 11 March 2009, for all human health effects with the exception of repeated-dose toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics. For these specific health effects, a deadline of 10 years after entry into force of the Directive is foreseen, i.e., 11 March 2013, irrespective of the availability of alternative non-animal tests.

 

More information:

Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Report on the Development, Validation and Legal Acceptance of Alternative Methods to Animal Tests in the Field of Cosmetics (2005)


  Cosmetics Technical report drafted by ECVAM in 2005/2006 in support of the preparation of the above report

Conference on alternative methods to animal testing – Brussels, 18 December 2006

Commission Recommendation of 7 June 2006 Establishing guidelines on the use of claims referring to the absence of tests on animals pursuant to Council Directive 76/768/EEC

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Conference on alternative methods to animal testing – Brussels, 7 November 2005

Commission report for 2004 to the Council and the European Parliament on the Development, Validation and legal Acceptance of Alternative Methods to Animal Tests in the Field of Cosmetics:

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Timetable for phasing out of animal testing

Report for establishing the timetable for phasing out animal testing for the purpose of the Cosmetics Directive

For an overview on the different activities to elaborate alternative testing methods:
Council of Europe
OECD
European Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM)

European Partnership to Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing


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