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cosmetics-animal-testing_1At a meeting with animal welfare organisations on the 30th January, Tonio Borg, the EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy,  confirmed that the Commission will not bring out new legislation to weaken the ban on marketing of cosmetics tested on animals. He stated that it is important to stick to the principles already agreed by the European Parliament and the Member States.

Therefore in March this year, the final ban will come into force and no cosmetic products or ingredients will be allowed to be sold in the EU if tested on animals.

The Commissioner also showed his commitment to alternative non-animal methods for all sectors and stated that he is in discussions with his fellow Commissioners to identify funding opportunities. The Commission will formally confirm their position in a communication in March at the time the final ban starts to apply.

 

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