The European Union agreed in 2003 to a ban on all animal tests for cosmetics and a complete ban on the sale of cosmetic products containing ingredients tested on animals. In 2009 the sales ban came into force, with exemptions for certain tests that were still permitted. The final deadline for banning the marketing of all cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals is 11 March 2013, after which the shelves of every shop and Internet supplier in the EU must be free of animal-tested cosmetics.
According to reports, the Commission intends to delay the March 2013 deadline. Can the Commission confirm whether this is the case?