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EU set to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals

Posted 5 February 2013

In a landmark victory, the European Union is set to announce that, from March 11, the EU will prohibit the import and sale of all cosmetic products and ingredients that have been tested on animals. Any company that wishes to sell new cosmetics within the EU must not test them on animals anywhere in the world.

After many years of campaigning, all animal testing for cosmetics within the EU was finally eliminated. It was accompanied by a marketing ban, which prohibited the sale within the EU of cosmetics whose ingredients had been tested on animals – with the exception of three specified tests. The final phase of the legislation is to extend the ban to cover these last remaining tests. It initially looked as though this would be further delayed, but the new European Commissioner for Health and Policy, Tonio Borg, recently confirmed that he intends to go ahead with the ban as proposed.

Thank you to everyone who has campaigned on this issue! This is a tremendous victory, and sends a strong message to the rest of the world to follow suit.

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