11/03/2013 at 12:30
Where: Berlaymont Press Room, in Brussels
Topic: Business | Environment, consumers and health
Organiser: European Commission
On Monday 11th March, the deadline for a full ban on animal testing for cosmetics to enter into force in the EU is expiring. The European Commission will adopt a Communication, which will set out the Commission's decision and address the priorities – namely research and development and the international co-operation. Monday 11th March will indeed mark the entry into force of the full ban of animal testing in the EU for cosmetics.
A 2003 legislation (Directive 2003/15/EC) introduced provisions in relation into animal testing into the Cosmetic Directive. Accordingly, animal testing in the Union is already 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 EU, cosmetic products containing ingredients which have been tested on animals ('marketing ban'). For the most complex human health effects (repeated-dose toxicity, including skin sensitisation and carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics) the deadline for the marketing ban was extended to 11 March 2013. The Commission's Communication will also outline the EU's contribution to the research into alternative methods.
What: Technical Briefing ON the record