Eight in 10 countries worldwide allow animal testing © 123RF
Eight in 10 countries worldwide allow animal testing © 123RF

MEPs call for global animal testing ban

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
20 February 2018

MEPs are calling for a worldwide ban on the use of animal testing in the production of cosmetics.

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee said while the sale of animal-tested cosmetics has been banned in the EU since 2013, 80% of countries globally still allowed it.

The committee said the EU system had shortcomings because “some cosmetics are tested on animals outside the EU before being re-tested in the EU using alternative methods and placed on the EU market”.

MEPs said most cosmetic product ingredients were also used in other products such as pharmaceuticals, detergents or foods and may have been tested on animals under a different legal framework.

“To work towards a global ban on both animal testing for cosmetics and on the trade in cosmetic ingredients tested on animals, MEPs call on EU leaders to use their diplomatic networks to build a coalition and to launch an international convention within the UN framework,” said the committee. “The ban should be effective before 2023.”

A resolution will now be put to a Parliamentary vote in March.

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