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Our Humane Standards

The introduction of the EU-wide ban on cosmetics will not be fully in place until 2013. Even after that point, it is possible that ingredients in some cosmetic products may have been tested on animals in other parts of the world. Member groups in the ECEAE run the internationally-recognised Humane Cosmetics (HCS) and Humane Household Products (HHPS) Standards to ensure that consumers can purchase products which are produced in accordance with stringent guidelines and are guaranteed cruelty free.

While the Humane Cosmetics Standard covers cosmetics and toiletries, the Humane Household Products Standard guarantees no animal testing in household products such as bleach, washing-up liquid, laundry detergent, furniture polish and air freshener – all which are still widely tested on animals throughout the EU.

Cruelty-free products with the ‘Leaping Bunny’ logo are available from most major retailers, with an increasing number of larger producers, such as Marks & Spencer in the UK, becoming approved under the Standards.

Certified products featuring the ‘Leaping Bunny’ logo guarantee that: 

  • The finished product has not been tested on animals
  • Ingredients used to make that product have not been tested on animals
  • Any suppliers have not tested ingredients
  • The company is asked to recommit to being cruelty free every year with a full audit
  • The company operates a fixed cut-off date after which animal testing on ingredients will not be allowed

The following ECEAE members operate the Standards in their regions:

Adda (Spain)
Animal Friends Croatia (Croatia)
Animalia (Finland)
Cruelty Free International (UK)
Djürens Ratt (Sweden)   
EDEV (Netherlands & Austria)
Forsoegsdyrenes Vaern (Denmark)
GAIA (Belgium) DutchFrench
Lega Anti Vivisezione (Italy)
One Voice (France)
Svoboda zvírat (Czech Republic)

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