The Commission has thoroughly assessed the impacts of the marketing ban and considers that there are overriding reasons to implement it. This is in line with what many European citizens believe firmly: that the development of cosmetics does not warrant animal testing.
The quest to find alternative methods will continue as full replacement of animal testing by alternative methods is not yet possible. The Communication published today outlines the Commission's contribution to the research into alternative methods and the recognition that these efforts must be continued. The Commission has made about EUR 238 million available between the years 2007 and 2011 for such research. The cosmetics industry has contributed as well, for example by co-funding the SEURAT1 research initiative with EUR 25 million.
The leading and global role of Europe in cosmetics requires reaching out to trading partners to explain and promote the European model and to work towards the international acceptance of alternative methods. The Commission will make this an integral part of the Union's trade agenda and international cooperation.
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||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Frederic Vincent, Spokesperson of the EC for health and consumer policy: The European Commission has adopted this morning the communication which puts a definitive end to marketing cosmetics having been tested in animals on the EU.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Sabine Lecrenier, Head of the Cosmetics and Medical Devices Unit at the Health and Consumers DG of the EC: Today the cosmetic industry aims to embrace the challenge to end animal testing for cosmetics and has taken on an active role on development of alternative measures, in itself a form of innovation. In Europe we started working in animal testing for cosmetics already 20 years ago, since was a value driven political decision. It has been a long process with several postponements but more importantly achievements such us the ban on testing fro cosmetic products in 2004 and on testing of cosmetic ingredients and on marketing of cosmetics tested in animals in 2009
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Sabine Lecrenier: An impact assessment was carried out and the political decision was taken not to make a proposal in relation to the deadline. This step is finalised with today adoption of the Commission communication which confirms that the Commission will not proposed a postponement to the deadline.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Susanne Hoeke, Legal Officer for Health Technology and Cosmetics: Described in this report, there have been progress but the overall finding still says that a full replacement is not possible. There has been a small mosaic pieces added to the picture but we still have taken the decision not to make a proposal even tough the full replacement is not possible so the basic finding of the report for example in September 2011 to the Parliament is still valid.
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