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Animal testing and cosmetics

On March 11, 2013, the European Commissioner in charge of Health & Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg announced that   “… Today the last deadline to phase out animal testing for cosmetic products in Europe enters into force. As of today, cosmetics tested on animals cannot be marketed any more in the EU…”

With commentary abundant the day after its announcement – including  New York Times, Huffington Post, Agence France-Presse, and Canadian Press – the following press releases offer a bit of clarity.

Questions and Answers: Animal Testing and Cosmetics Reference: MEMO/13/188 Event Date: 11/03/2013

Full EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics enters into force Europa Press Release

and related links

Directive 76/768/EEC to be replaced as of July 2013 by Regulation 1223/2009/EU

The Impact Assessment is available on European Commission, Health and Consumers website

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