A new regulation guaranteeing greater protection of consumer health and information will come into force in July 2013. This will replace the current Cosmetics Directive.
The regulation should finally ban animal testing within the European Union, both for finished products and in the creation of ingredients or combinations of ingredients. The regulation will also ban the marketing of products in the EU whose final formulation was tested on animals and of products containing ingredients or combinations of ingredients tested on animals.
There was a derogation however for testing for repeated use toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics, where no alternative methods were as yet available. But it was stipulated that this derogation would end on 11 March 2013.
It is now rumoured that this deadline may be further deferred, allowing animal testing in this specific field to continue.
Could the Commission state whether there are indeed plans to extend this derogation?
What progress has been made in recent years on finding alternative methods of testing for this sector?