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Parliamentary questions
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16 March 2015
E-004283-15
Question for written answer E-004283-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Catherine Bearder (ALDE)

 Subject:  Testing of cosmetic products on animals
 Answer in writing 

The Cosmetic Products Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, in force since 11 July 2013, bans the testing of cosmetic products on animals, strengthens the safety of cosmetic products and streamlines the framework for all operators in the sector.

According to European Ombudsman reports from 2014, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has failed to live up to its mandate and use all tools at its disposal to reduce cases of experiments on animals.

Can the Commission confirm what action it has taken to ensure that the ban on animal testing for cosmetic purposes is strictly enforced?

Can it explain what exceptions to the ban on the testing of cosmetic products on animals are currently permitted and why?

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