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The ECEAE welcomes the news that product information files will be examined by officers enforcing the EU marketing ban in Germany, Ireland and the UK on animal tested cosmetics.
Product information files are a crucial part of the new European cosmetics legislation which came into force last week. Every product placed onto the market must have an accompanying file which gives detailed information about the product including any animal testing which has taken place during its development.
The news that product information files will be examined "in the course of their normal business" will ensure that consumers can have confidence that no animals will have been harmed in the development of the cosmetic products they use.
Ireland was the first country to announce that the files would be used. It has now been followed by Germany and the UK, which had previously indicated that the ban would be largely enforced by reacting to concerns raised from the public. The announcement that of this positive change in policy by the UK Government was made in response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Kerry McCarthy MP, who has been working on the issue of enforcement with us for some time.
We are working to ensure consumers across the continent can have full confidence that the long-awaited animal testing ban for cosmetics is being enforced.
The implementation of the last phase of the European Union’s ban came into force on 11th March 2013 following over 20 years of campaigning by the ECEAE.