Stopping experiments on animals for cosmetics: - extracts EP Committee on Petitions, Brussels

Type: News   Reference: 92851   Duration: 00:03:05  Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 20/03/2013   First transmission: 20/03/2013
After receiving a document with 220,000 signatures highlighting the animal cruelty in the cosmetic industry, the Committee of Petitions had a discussion today about this topic. A new regulation guaranteeing greater protection of consumer health and information had being already debated in the EP. This regulation should finally ban animal testing within the EU, both for finished products and in the creation of ingredients or combination of ingredients and ban the marketing of products in the EU whose final formulations was tested on animals and of products containing ingredients or combinations of ingredients tasted on animal by July 2013. There was a derogation, however, allowing animal testing in a specific field (for repeated use toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics, where no alternative methods were as yet available). This derogation was stipulated to end in 11 March 2013.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the European Parliament in Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Arrival into the room of Katy Taylor, representative of the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE). 00:00:04
00:00:14 SOUNDBITE Katy TAYLOR (English), Scientific Coordinator British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection: "The petition which we submitted to you which now has over a quarter of a million signatures asks the European Parliament to adhere to the 2013 marketing ban, as set out in the 7th ammendment of he Cosmetics Directive, the signatures said that we do not want new cosmetics that are tested on animals to be available in the EU and we ask the Parliament to keep to the 2013 ban" 00:00:25
00:00:39 SOUNDBITE Katy TAYLOR (English), Scientific Coordinator British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection: "In its communication to the Parliament and to the Council the Commission indicates that the ban only applies where an ingredient is specifically developed for cosmetic purposes or is used exclusively for cosmetics purposes. Therefore ingredients that are used predominantly in cosmetics but have to be tested under different legislations such as REACH can be used in cosmetics. There is therefore a risk that the cosmetics testing and marketing bans could be undermined by very narrow interpretations of what is testing in order to meet the requirements of the directive". 00:00:39
00:01:18 SOUNDBITE Katy TAYLOR (English), Scientific Coordinator British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection: "We welcome the announcement by the Commission to maintain the cosmetics testing and marketing bans but there remains work to be done to honour the Parliament's intention when it legislated for the bans back in 2003". 00:00:16
00:01:34 SOUNDBITE Susanne HOEKE, European Commission (English): "Since the submission of this petition in November 2012 the Commission has taken a clear position and has confirmed that it intends to maintain it as it is, not to make a proposal to the European Parliament and the Council and as mentioned the Commission has adopted on 11th March 2013 a communication to the European Parliament and the Council in which it confirms its commitment to maintain the ban, not to make a proposal, to implement the ban and to further support research and innovation in this area". 00:00:35
00:02:09 SOUNDBITE Keith TAYLOR (Greens/EFA, UK), in English: "It's a clear will of the EU residents that cosmetics tested on animals are not aceptable and it's clearly demonstrated by the large nhumber of signatures on this petition. No animal should suffer simply to get a new moisturizer". 00:00:22
00:02:31 Cutaways (7 shots) 00:00:34
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