Animal testing of cosmetics: MEPs set to call for worldwide ban 

The EU should launch a diplomatic initiative for a worldwide ban on testing cosmetics on animals before 2023, says a draft resolution to be voted on Thursday.

MEPs will also debate the matter with the Council and the EU Commission on Wednesday.

Within the EU itself, the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics has been banned since 2013. MEPs point out that this has not prevented the EU cosmetics industry from thriving and providing around two million jobs. However, around 80% of countries worldwide still allow animal testing and the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals.

MEPs also note that shortcomings have appeared within the EU system, as some cosmetics are tested on animals outside the EU before being re-tested in the EU using alternative methods and placed on the EU market.

Procedure:  Oral question with resolution

Debate:  Wednesday, 2 May

Vote:  Thursday 3 May