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Thursday, 22 September 2016 11:57

European Court: No deviation from sales ban on cosmetics tested on animals

Three British companies wanted to sell cosmetics in europe that they had been tested on animals for the Asian market (China and Japan). However, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed the existing sales prohibition on cosmetics tested on animals in Europe that came into practise on March 11, 2013.

With this decision they confirmed the fact that the marketing ban applies even if the animal experiments outside Europe were carried out.

The case had been brought before the Court by the European Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients (EFCI), an organization that represents the majority of European cosmetic manufacturers. The opposing view was represented by Cruelty Free International (CFI), together with the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), a consortium of European animal rights and animal welfare organizations.

In addition to the arguments of the EFCI, the court also refused the arguments of the British government and the European Commission, who intended to soften the sales ban on cosmetics tested on animals, said CFI in a recent press release.

Further information:
https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/weve-saved-eu-cosmetics-ban
http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=183602&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=641808
http://www.juraforum.de/recht-gesetz/kein-sicherheitsnachweis-fuer-eu-kosmetika-bei-tierversuchen-in-drittstaaten-568862