I will continue the ongoing work to ensure coherent implementation of this ban inside the European Union and monitor its impacts and to promote research, development and validation of new alternative methods for safety testing."
On 11 March 2013 the European Union put in place a ban on the marketing of the remaining cosmetic substances tested on animals. This was the final step in a 10 years process to totally ban animal testing. In 2003, the Directive 2003/15/EC introduced provisions in relation into animal testing into the Cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC. Accordingly, animal testing in the Union was prohibited since 2004 for cosmetic products and since 2009 for cosmetic ingredients ('testing ban'). As from March 2009, it is also prohibited to market in the Union cosmetic products containing ingredients which have been tested on animals ('marketing ban').
For more information on the European Union's ban on animal testing: