Smith Urges Commission To Safeguard Ban On Animal-Tested Cosmetics

10 March 2011

SNP MEP Alyn Smith, has today urged the Commission not to cave in to the cosmetics industry pressure for postponement in introducing a marketing ban on cosmetics products tested on animals.

In a major victory for animals, the European Union agreed in 2003 to ban all animal tests for cosmetics and prohibit the sale of cosmetics products containing ingredients tested on animals. In 2009, the sales ban came into force but with exceptions for products subject to three specific toxicity tests for which no effective non-animal testing methods were available. The cosmetics industry was warned it had four years - until March 2013 - until the marketing ban was extended to cover such products too. However, campaigners are concerned that the ban may be delayed as there are reports that the cosmetics industry has not yet developed suitable replacement tests.

Smith said:

“I completely oppose any extension to this deadline as I feel that the directive granted a sufficient time period to allow the cosmetics industry to develop adequate alternatives to animal testing. It is unethical to cause animal suffering for products like lipstick and shampoo and putting animals before vanity is long overdue.

"I have been inundated with constituents voicing their concerns about the postponement and I have written to Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli declaring my firm support for the 2013 deadline. I urge the Commission to do everything it can to ensure that in 2013 the EU becomes the world's first cruelty-free cosmetics zone.”