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Parliamentary questions
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30 January 2015
E-001564-15
Question for written answer E-001564-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ashley Fox (ECR)

 Subject:  Cosmetic testing
 Answer in writing 

I have recently been contacted by hundreds of constituents concerned about chemicals from cosmetic products being tested on animals.

It is my understanding that whilst animal testing for the purpose of cosmetic products is largely prohibited, there are some exceptions. For example, animal testing may be used to assess the risks to workers who are exposed to certain substances, i.e. who are involved in the production or handling of chemicals on an industrial site. Animal testing may be used as a last resort, so long as the chemicals being tested are not used solely in cosmetic products and the purpose of the test is to identify human health endpoints.

I would like to ask if alternatives to laboratory experiments on animals to prove that certain chemicals in cosmetic products are safe (such as epidemiological, clinical, in vitro, and computer-modelling studies) had been considered when the current legislation was passed?

Can such non-animal-based testing be used as a replacement?

Is the Commission proposing any alterations to the legislation to further reduce the ability of cosmetic companies to use animals to test the chemicals contained in their products?

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