Paving the Way for Global Cosmetics Testing Reform
As more countries are banning the testing of cosmetics on animals, Physicians Committee staff recently spoke at the International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation’s preparatory meeting to encourage this group of regulatory authorities to recommend a ban on animal testing for cosmetics.
The International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) is an international group of cosmetics regulatory authorities from Canada, the European Union, Japan, and the United States. The members work together to promote regulatory alignment to maximize consumer protection while minimizing barriers to international trade.
At the ICCR’s preparatory meeting on June 4, Aryenish Birdie, the Physicians Committee’s regulatory testing policy coordinator, spoke about the problems with using animals to assess chemical safety, the global demand for cosmetics products not tested on animals, and the fact that more countries are taking up this issue legislatively and implementing bans on animal testing for cosmetics.
On March 11, 2013, the marketing, import, and sale of animal-tested cosmetics and their ingredients became illegal in the European Union. On Jan. 1, 2013, Israel banned the import and sale of all animal-tested cosmetics and household products. Other countries, including India, Brazil, and China, have recently restricted cosmetic tests involving animals.
If the ICCR would encourage more countries to ban animal testing for cosmetics, it would both improve consumer protection by supporting human-relevant testing and allow countries that ban animal testing to trade with other countries that have already banned the import of cosmetics tested on animals