By JAMES KANTERMarch 11, 2013BRUSSELS — European Union regulators announced a ban Monday on the import and sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals and to pledge more efforts to push other parts of the world, like China, to accept alternatives.The ban, which will take effect immediately, “gives an important signal on the value that Europe attaches to animal welfare,” Tonio Borg, the E.
U. commissioner for health and consumer policy, said in a statement.The European Union banned animal testing of finished cosmetic products in 2004. A second ban, on animal-tested ingredients, went into effect four years ago. But heavy lobbying by major cosmetics manufacturers resulted in an extension of the deadline for some tests for effects like allergies and cancer and for which there is still no substitute.
Monday’s action eliminated those remaining exemptions.Even before the new rule was officially announced, the cosmetics company L’Oréal, which is based in France, said it would respect the ban and “no longer sell in Europe any finished product with an ingredient that was tested on animals” after Monday.But other representatives of the European industry, worth about €70 billion, or $91 billion, annually, criticized the commission for putting the ban into effect before alternatives existed for some of the most complex tests.
“Europe’s idea is to put more pressure on other parts of the world to end animal testing, but the science doesn’t match that political timetable,” said Colin Mackay, a spokesman for Cosmetics Europe, a trade association.The most likely outcome would be “that consumers in Europe won’t have access to new products because we can’t ensure that some ingredients will be safe without access to suitable and adequate testing,” Mr.
Mackay said.The global divergence in safety rules could also mean that companies sell the same product globally, but market one version for countries like China backed up by safety evidence from animal tests, and another version for Europe backed up by evidence from alternative tests.And there were warnings on Monday that the ban still left a loophole. Shortly after the announcement, Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, a Socialist lawmaker from Germany who a decade ago helped to steer a measure through the European Parliament that resulted in the 2004 ban, said companies still could use ingredients from tests on animals as long as the tests were carried out for non-cosmetic products like pharmaceuticals or chemicals.
Ms. Roth-Behrendt said she did not know if the loophole “followed pressure from the industry,” but added, “This is wrong.” Consumers of products from deodorants to sunscreens are unlikely to notice an immediate difference from the new rules because cosmetics containing ingredients that were tested on animals before the ban can remain on the shelves.But the move could complicate trade relations with parts of the world like China that demand animal testing as a condition for marketing cosmetics.
Mr. Borg said in his statement that he would “engage with third countries to follow our European approach.”Mr. Borg will promise to continue helping finance the development of alternatives, so that Europe sets “an example of responsible innovation in cosmetics without any compromise on consumer safety.”Estée Lauder, a cosmetics manufacturer based in the United States, said it did not test products or ingredients on animals and it was increasing efforts to gain global acceptance for safety evaluations that did not rely on animal tests.
Those efforts include “programs in China and other markets where in vitro testing is not accepted in order to educate scientists on the scientifically validated safety record of these methods,” Estée Lauder said on its Web site.Estée Lauder said it does “not test our products or ingredients on animals, nor do we ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law.” We're interested in your feedback on this page.
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To give you an idea of how prevalent animal testing is in household and cosmetic products, we have provided a short list below of familiar household brands that test their products on animals — so you can spot and avoid them. You can even download a free iPhone/iPad/Android app so that you can easily access the list of products such as make-up, skin care, deodorants, household cleaners and car care that haven't been tested on animals! Millions of rabbits, dogs, cats, mice and other animals are burned, poisoned and killed in painful and unnecessary tests each year for the sake of cosmetics and toiletries.
Finished products (and/or their individual ingredients) are frequently tested on animals overseas before making their way to Australia. Some tests are standard practice for such companies and brands, and other animal tests are carried out because of local laws in importing countries (such as China) that require all beauty products to be tested on animals before they are allowed to be sold in that country.
So some companies and brands may state that they don't support animal testing, but they would not be on the cruelty-free list because they choose to sell their products in countries that require animal testing. The list below shows companies that use animal testing as well as particular brands that are tested on animals for any or all of the reasons we mention above: Cosmetics & personal careAndrew CollingeAnna SuiAramisAveenoAvon*Band-AidBiothermBobbi BrownBonjelaBraunCacharelCashmere BouquetChapstickClairolClean & ClearClearasilClinicareCliniqueColgateCovergirl*CrestDecoreDisprinDolce & GabbanaDonna KaranDoveDufourDurexElizabeth ArdenEstee Lauder*EulactolFruitrienceGarnierGilletteGiorgio ArmaniGucci FragrancesHead & ShouldersHerbal EssencesHugo BossImpulseJohnson & JohnsonJurlique*KerastaseKiehl'sLacosteLancomeLemsipListerineL'Occitane*L'Oreal*LuxLynxMACMary Kay*Max FactorMaybellineMichael KorsMissoniMumNairNeutrogenaNice 'n EasyNurofenOlayOld SpiceOptrexOral BPalmolivePantenePearl DropsPearsPertPlaxPondsPPSRadoxRalph Lauren FragrancesReachRedkenRevlonRexonaRogaineSanexSaturnSavlonSchollSensodyneShiseidoShu UemuraSimpleSK-IISpeed StickSt IvesStayfreeSteradentStrepsilsTampaxTom FordTommy HilfigerTony & GuyTREsemmeVaselineVeetVenusVicksVidal SassonViktor & RolfV05WaxeezeWellaWella BalsamZest Household3MAeroguardAir WickAjaxAmbi-PurArmor AllAutanBaygonBlooBrassoCalgonCastleCloroxCold PowerComfortCrispCuddlyDawnDettolDomestosDranoDriveDuckDynamoEasy-Off BAMExit MouldFabFabulonFairyFebrezeFiestaFinishFluffyFreedomGladGladeGlen 20GumptionHandy AndyHarpicHurricaneJeyesJifKiwiKwitMarveerMorteinMr MuscleMr SheenNapisanNiftiNu-ClenzOff!OmoOustPea-BeauPine O CleenPledgePreenRaidSardScotch-GardSilvoSoft SoapSpreeSteeloVanishWindex Please note that this list is not exhaustive and reflects research at the time of publication.
*This brand has a 'no animal testing' policy in the make and manufacture of their cosmetics, however they have chosen to sell in markets that require (by law) animal testing on their products before they are cleared to sell in those markets. This means that their end products are tested on animals in some markets (for example, China). You can help spare animals from cruel tests! Pledge to use non-animal tested products If after reading this you have struck a cruel company off your shopping list, please contact their customer feedback to let them know why.
Urge major companies including Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Colgate/Palmolive to stop allowing unnecessary and cruel animal tests. Take action! Cruelty-free options Choosing non-tested products is easy. You can find a list of companies that do not test on animals on the Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) website. (If a brand does not appear in the CCF cruelty-free list, then there is reason to believe that their products or ingredients may have been tested on animals, or they may not have qualified for the CCF accreditation because they use animals in some other form in their products.
All of this is explained for you on the CCF website.) References for this list PETA "Companies that do test on animals" Shop Ethical guide