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Consumers (26-07-2010)

Alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics: public consultation launched

On 23 July 2010, the Commission launched a public consultation on a draft report concerning alternative methods in cosmetic testing. Comments are sought on alternatives available in testing for certain health-related effects covered by the 2013 deadline for the marketing ban on animal-tested cosmetics. The public consultation ends on 15 October 2010. This is a part of the process to phase out animal testing of cosmetic ingredients. The testing ban on finished cosmetic products applies since 2004 and on ingredients since 2009. The marketing ban applies since March 2009 with the exception of testing for three kinds of human health-related effects, for which the deadline is March 2013. By the end of 2010, the Commission will report on the availability of and prospects for the alternatives to testing for these three types of effects.

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