European Union Gives No Exceptions On Animal-Tested Cosmetic Law


On Wednesday, the European Union maintained their position on the legislation prohibiting the marketing of cosmetic products containing ingredients tested on animals. This was stated in regards to the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients trade association bringing action to British courts, discussing three members who had sold products using animal-tested ingredients outside of the European Union. While the court ruled that the legislation hadn’t been breached by doing so in countries like Japan and China that don’t hold similar laws, they restated that these members would incur criminal penalties if they do the same in Britain.

The EFfCI then argued that the law is not breached if the animal testing was done to meet the standards of third countries. This prompted the High Court of Justice in England and Wales and the Queen’s Bench Division administrative court to bring the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union. That court proceeded by saying that products in the EU market that contain ingredients tested on animals outside the country in order to sell it in third countries and where testing results are used to determine an item’s safety in certain regions may be prohibited from sale.

Animal testing on finished products has been illegal in the European Union since 2004, while the testing of ingredients or a combination of cosmetic ingredients has been banned in the region since March 2009.

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