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Parliamentary questions
3 January 2012
E-012192/2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska (PPE)

 Subject: The cosmetics industry and developing alternatives to animal testing
 Answer(s) 

There has been a total ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals in the EU since 2004. It is also illegal to test the toxicological properties of raw materials on animals if validated alternative methods exist.

In 2009, the animal testing of the ingredients of cosmetics was banned, with the exception of three toxicity tests (repeated dose toxicity, toxicokinetics and reproductive toxicity).

Animal testing is still permitted in these areas.

A total ban on the animal testing of cosmetics ingredients will be introduced on 11 March 2013. Scientists are trying to develop alternative methods so that living organisms can be replaced by models, but in many areas appropriate solutions have yet to be found. Once the total ban is introduced in 2013, it will be impossible to test the effects of new ingredients on the human body in areas in which alternative methods have not been found.

How is the Commission intending to respond to a situation in which, on the one hand, EC law requires manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe, and, on the other hand, the ban to be introduced in 2013 will make it impossible to test innovative ingredients developed for cosmetics?

Does the decision to introduce a total ban on animal testing not pose a risk to the innovation process in the cosmetics industry, given that there is still a dearth of alternatives to animal testing?

Is the Commission aware that the introduction of a total ban in 2013 may well mean that research laboratories are moved out of the EU?

Original language of question: PLOJ C 285 E, 21/09/2012
Last updated: 13 January 2012Legal notice