Pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, it will be prohibited from March 2013 to import into the EU cosmetics produced with the aid of animal testing. At the hearing by the European Parliament on 13 November 2012, the then Commissioner-designate for health, Dr Tonio Borg, advocated that this date should be adhered to. However, according to reports in the media, the Commission is still considering deferring it or allowing exemptions.
1. Is the Commission indeed planning to allow exemptions from the ban on placing on the market cosmetics produced with the aid of animal testing, and particularly to defer the introduction of the ban to some time after March 2013?
2. How extensive does the Commission intend these exemptions to be, and what form are they expected to take?
3. Until when does the Commission intend that these exemptions should remain in force?
4. How does the Commission justify these exemptions?