AUSTRALIA, THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER

AUSTRALIA, THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER

New Australian Legislation Restricts Cosmetics Animal Testing but it is still not enough.

On 1 July 2020, the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 came into force. The Act restricts the use of new animal test data for cosmetics safety testing. From this date, any new industrial chemicals solely used in cosmetics cannot use new animal test data to prove safety, whether the chemicals are being manufactured in or imported into Australia. 

Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) and Humane Research Australia (HRA) welcome the legislative progress as it discourages irritancy and toxicity testing on animals and provides incentive for the industry to adopt ...

New Australian Legislation Restricts Cosmetics Animal Testing but it is still not enough.

On 1 July 2020, the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 came into force. The Act restricts the use of new animal test data for cosmetics safety testing. From this date, any new industrial chemicals solely used in cosmetics cannot use new animal test data to prove safety, whether the chemicals are being manufactured in or imported into Australia. 

Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) and Humane Research Australia (HRA) welcome the legislative progress as it discourages irritancy and toxicity testing on animals and provides incentive for the industry to adopt animal-free testing methods, of which there are many.

The new legislation unfortunately does not constitute a comprehensive ban on the use of animal test data for cosmetics. Contrary to media reporting of the Industrial Chemicals Act as a ‘cosmetics testing ban’, in practice, there are numerous loopholes and exemptions in the legislation that will continue to allow the use of animal test data. This legislation does not mean that every cosmetic, personal care or cleaning product on Australian shelves is free of animal testing.

CCF and HRA are calling for this act to be strengthened by a legislated prohibition of animal test data for chemicals used in cosmetics, whether they be sole use or multi-end use. We want to see a full ban on the importation, sale and marketing of any finished cosmetic product or ingredient that has undergone animal testing. 

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