Testing cosmetics on animals

10 January 2013

P-000197-13

Claudio Morganti (EFD)

 

Question:

A new regulation guaranteeing greater protection of consumer health and information will come into force in July 2013. This will replace the current Cosmetics Directive.

The regulation should finally ban animal testing within the European Union, both for finished products and in the creation of ingredients or combinations of ingredients. The regulation will also ban the marketing of products in the EU whose final formulation was tested on animals and of products containing ingredients or combinations of ingredients tested on animals.

There was a derogation however for testing for repeated use toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics, where no alternative methods were as yet available. But it was stipulated that this derogation would end on 11 March 2013.

It is now rumoured that this deadline may be further deferred, allowing animal testing in this specific field to continue.

Could the Commission state whether there are indeed plans to extend this derogation?

What progress has been made in recent years on finding alternative methods of testing for this sector?

 

Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

30 January 2013

With respect to the deadline of 11 March 2013, the Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answer to Question P-011412/2012 by Mr Seeber(1).

As regards the progress which has been made in relation to alternative methods, the Commission's report to the Parliament and the Council on the Development, Validation and Legal Acceptance of Alternative Methods to Animal Tests in the Field of Cosmetics(2)of September 2011 has provided a comprehensive overview on that matter. The Commission is in the process of preparing an update of that information.

(1) http://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/parliamentary-questions.html
(2) Report on the Development, Validation and Legal Acceptance of Alternative Methods to Animal Tests in the Field of Cosmetics (2009), 13.9.2011, COM(2011) 558 final.

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