Beauty with Health
Unfortunately, in the cosmetics industry, testing cosmetics on animals is not yet a thing of the past. Many cosmetic companies test products – from eye shadows to soaps to sunscreens – on rabbits and guinea pigs to assess whether the product can cause damage, irritation or allergic reactions when applied to sensitive areas (like the eyes) or broken skin.
Companies that do test their products on animals list the following advantages: protecting human health and safety, safeguarding the environment and/or helping them maintain a competitive edge.
THE DISADVANTAGES OF TESTING ON ANIMALS ARE:
MANY ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL TESTING EXIST:
Fortunately, many of today’s leading cosmetics companies have chosen alternatives to animal testing. Their products undergo clinical studies using human volunteers who love being the first to experience the products.
The Cosmetics Directive provides the regulatory framework for the phasing out of animal testing for cosmetics purposes. It establishes a prohibition to test finished cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients on animals (testing ban), and a prohibition to market in the European Union finished cosmetic products and ingredients included in cosmetic products which were tested on animals for cosmetics purposes (marketing ban). The same provisions are contained in the Cosmetics Regulation, which replaces the Cosmetics Directive as of 11 July 2013.
The testing ban on finished cosmetic products applies since 11 September 2004; the testing ban on ingredients or combination of ingredients applies since 11 March 2009.
The marketing ban applies since 11 March 2009 for all human health effects with the exception of repeated-dose toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics. For these specific health effects the marketing ban applies since 11 March 2013, irrespective of the availability of alternative non-animal tests.