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Cosmetics Europe. (3/11/13). "Press Release: Cosmetics Europe Regrets European Union Decision to Proceed with Marketing Ban – Science Gaps Not Respected". Brussels.

Region Region EU (European Union)
Organisations Organisation Cosmetics Europe – The Personal Care Association
  Organisation 2 EU (govt)
Products Product cosmetics
  Product 2 animal testing

Cosmetics Europe regrets the timing of today's entry into force of the marketing ban for cosmetic products containing ingredients tested on animals in order to meet EU cosmetics requirements. The ban ignores the reality that science is not yet ready to bridge existing knowledge gaps and that non-animal alternatives cannot address all ingredient safety questions. Furthermore, the ban acts as a brake on innovation for the European cosmetics industry while achieving little to improve global animal welfare.

Bertil Heerink, Director General of Cosmetics Europe commented; "The cosmetics industry is committed to eliminating testing in animals and has invested substantially in developing non-animal alternative methods." He added; "Moreover, the cosmetics industry is a flagship for Europe, which needs a strategy for growth and innovation; this needs to include a continuing commitment to encouraging alternatives development. Unfortunately, by implementing the ban at this time, the European Union is jeopardising the industry's ability to innovate, particularly for SMEs, a fact acknowledged by their own assessment. This runs contrary to its commitment to both a knowledge- and science-driven legislative approach and the Europe 2020 Strategy".

Mr. Heerink highlighted the European cosmetics industry's long term, ongoing commitment to finally ending the need for animal testing, globally. "Our industry's commitment to ending animal testing is solid and widely recognised and we continue to invest into finding viable alternatives. This research has been a major driver in improving animal welfare, and has provided results which are now benefiting many industrial sectors".


Colin Mackay, Communications Director
Tel: +32 2 227 66 10

Notes to editors:

1. Cosmetics Europe is the European trade association representing the interests of the cosmetics industry. Its membership consists of 27 national associations of the EU Member States and beyond, 16 major international companies, four supporting association members, three supporting corporate members and three correspondent members associated members.

"Cosmetics Europe" represents more than 4,000 companies throughout the EU via the active representation of its member national associations. For more information about "Cosmetics Europe", please consult our website:

2. The ban on testing finished cosmetics products on animals in the EU has been in place since 2004; the ban on testing cosmetic ingredients dates back to 2009.

Record changed: 2019-04-26


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