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The BUAV and European Coalition to End Animal Experiments have this week lodged our formal observations at the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case about the scope of the EU cosmetics animal testing bans. The issue has been referred to the European court by the High Court in London, and the BUAV and ECEAE have been allowed to intervene because of our expertise around animal testing.
The case has been brought by the European Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients (EFCI), which represents most cosmetics ingredients manufacturers in Europe.
They argue that cosmetics companies remain free to sell cosmetics in the EU which have ingredients tested on animals as long as the tests were carried out under some legislation other than the EU Cosmetics Regulation.
We believe this would make a nonsense of the bans.
If EFCI win their argument, companies would be allowed to test on animals even in the EU, if the tests were nominally done for the purposes of other EU legislation or the legislation of a country outside the EU.
Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV and ECEAE said, “We say that the legal position is very simple: the EU cosmetics bans apply to any animal test relating to the safety of a cosmetic product or ingredient. No cruel animal tests can take place in the EU, and cosmetics newly tested on animals outside the EU cannot be sold here. This is what the European Parliament and Council intended when they introduced the bans, and this is what European citizens expect.”
It will be some time before the Court reaches a decision, but the BUAV and ECEAE will do everything we can to ensure European cosmetics remain cruelty free.