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Unilever + 484 Stakeholders Urge EU Officials: Uphold Cosmetic Animal Testing Ban

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"REACH must not be used to circumvent the Cosmetics Regulation and render the cosmetics testing and marketing bans meaningless."

In an open letter from the industry—addressed to members of the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission—cosmetic industry stakeholders, including Unilever, The Body Shop, Neal's Yard, Natura, Beauty Kitchen, Avon and hundreds of others, urged policymakers to uphold the animal testing ban for cosmetics. 

 See related: Appeals to ECHA Board Rejected, Animal Tests Required for REACH

Official Statement:

To: David Maria Sassoli, President, European Parliament
Charles Michel, President, European Council
Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission

Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban Effectively Shredded

The EU Cosmetics Regulation animal testing and marketing bans have been used as the gold standard around the world—setting the precedent for cosmetics products and ingredients to be used safely without subjecting animals to cruel and unnecessary tests. These bans have now been dealt a devastating blow following a series of regulatory decisions made by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), with support from the European Commission and ECHA's own Board of Appeal.

ECHA is now requiring some widely used cosmetics ingredients (and ingredients used in many other types of consumer products) to be tested on thousands of animals under the guise of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. As a direct result of these decisions, the use of thousands of rats and rabbits in tests is required, some of whom will be force-fed a cosmetics ingredient throughout pregnancy before they and their unborn offspring are killed and dissected. REACH must not be used to circumvent the Cosmetics Regulation and render the cosmetics testing and marketing bans meaningless.

The approach of ECHA and the Commission is at odds with the European Parliament's call in May 2018 for a worldwide ban on testing cosmetics on animals by 2023. It undermines the purpose and value of the Cosmetics Regulation, which many of us have worked determinedly over many years to shape, implement, and leverage with non-EU countries in developing their own cosmetics legislation. The approach also has consequences for citizens around the globe who want to purchase cruelty-free products: 84% of respondents to a recent global survey said they would not buy a cosmetics product if they knew it (or one of its ingredients) had been tested on animals.1

The bans are further threatened by the Commission's future policy for chemicals regulation—the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability—which is set to expand testing requirements for substances including cosmetics ingredients, at the cost of potentially thousands of animals' lives.

One of the principal objectives of the Cosmetics Regulation is the protection of human health, with the intention that this be safeguarded in all situations. The ingredients at the centre of ECHA's decisions have a long history of safe use by consumers and have been handled safely in factories for many years. It is perfectly possible to use exposure-based weight-of-evidence assessments, using a variety of non-animal data, to fill any perceived critical information gaps in order to be assured of the safety of these ingredients.

Indeed, as clarified by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the 2016 European Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients case, new safety-assessment data for cosmetics substances imported into the EU must rely only on non-animal assessment methods. Logically, precisely the same approach must be adopted for testing within the EU, whether under REACH or any other EU legislation.

We, the undersigned, call for the EU cosmetics animal testing ban to be upheld as intended, with no new tests on animals allowed.

1. Frame. Fact or fiction? Mapping perceptions of animal testing. https://frame.org.uk/wpcontent/uploads/2020/06/FRAME-report_final.pdf. Published June 2020. Accessed 13 November 2020.

The Undersigned

24K Cosmetics

28 Litsea

4organic

Abela

Above Beyond Group Ltd

AD skin synergy

ADDA, Spain

Adesse New York

Aesop

Agilise Cosméticos

All About Good Vibes

Alter-Native

Alucia Organics

Alvend Laboratoire

Amanda Murray NYC

ANIMAL, Portugal

Animalia, Finland

Animals Without Boards, Croatia

Aqua Natural

Aqua Natural Ltd.

Arctic Fox

AREU AREU

Argital

ARTONIT Cosmetics

Assured Products Ltd.

Astonish

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

Aurelia Skincare Ltd

Ava May Aromas

Avon

Awake Organics Ltd.

Ayumi

B4U Laboratories

Baby Mantra

Bacana Skincare

Bara Cosmetics

BareFaced Beauty Ltd.

Barr Cosmetics

Bashia Cosmetics

Beauty Disrupted

Beauty Kitchen UK Ltd

Beauty Magic

Beauty Without Cruelty

beBIO

Bee Good Enterprises Ltd.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Ltd.

Bellati Naturals

Better Health Ltd.

BH Cosmetics

Biocosmetics

Biotakara

BIW BIW

Black Dahlia Lacquer

Black Sheep Organics

Blaq

Bliss Delights

Bluebird Skincare

blum organics

Body & Face St Cyrus

Body & Face St Cyrus Ltd

Bolt Beauty Limited

Bo-Po Nailpolish (Worx Toys)

Botanico Vida

Botanics

bPerfect Cosmetics

Bramley Products Ltd.

Brooks-Hill Limited

BrushBox

Buff Efforts

buScreen

Butterwhips Ltd

Cafuné

Capure Goat Milk Soap

Cemon Homeopathics Ltd

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Chemical Manufacturing and Exporting Company S de RL

Chez Lapin Goods

Childs Farm Ltd

Chistaya Linia

Christiane Heyn

Christine Valmy

Clean Beauty Distribution

CocoMak

Cocunat

COLORISI

Coloured Raine

Comette Cosmetics

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Cool & Nature M32 SL

Copaibe

Corinne Taylor Holistic Therapy

Coruscare

Cosmondial

Crane + Wilton Ltd

Crowd Culture

Cruelty Free Europe

Crystal Spring Consumer Division Ltd

Cultivator Natural Products Private Ltd.

Day Lily Paris

Della e Delle

Dermalogica

Desert Pea

Designer Lashes UK

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Dove

Dr Jackson Limited

Dr. Jacobs Naturals

Dr. Perry's

DrTung's

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Earth Conscious Ltd

Earth Sense

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Ecoleaf

Ecotech

EcoVegAnimals, Bosnia

Eleni & Chris

Elidor

Elixir Treatments

Elizabeth Mott

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Emeis Holdings Pty Ltd

Emerge

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Enviro-works

epic beauty

EQ France

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Erui Cosmetics

Essante Organics

Eurogroup for Animals

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Extraordinarios Luxo Natural

Face Cult

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Farryn Amber

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FINE Deodorant

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For Your Nails Only

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Fuchsia Brands Pty Ltd

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Fusion Body Art

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Humane Society International

I AM Cosmetic

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IC Scandinavia AS

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Ikeda Group Pte Ltd

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Inlight Beauty & Wellness

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Internet Café-BG Ltd.

IRÉN

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Java Cosmetics

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JL Cosmetica Natural

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Julie Clarke Candles

Kaia Naturals

Kalentin

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Karma Organic Spa

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Lipstains Gold

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Little Soap Company

Living Proof

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Love Home & Planet

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Magic Lips

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Mama Zebra Cosmetics

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Marie Hunter Beauty

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Marks & Spencer PLC

Mary Jean Limited

Matana Skincare

Mawena

Maysama Ltd

Medeau

Mediterranean Tan

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Minoris Organik

MOB Beauty

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Mommy Makeup

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Murad LLC

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Naissance

Nakin Skincare

Naroma

Natroma & The Natural Soapworks

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Natural by Nature Oils Ltd

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Nature Knows Best

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Neal's Yard (Natural Remedies) Ltd

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New Look Cosmetics

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Nursem

Oceane

October Fields

Ofra Cosmetics

Om Oils

One Chem

Orbit Pad

Organic and Nature

ORGANii

Ouidad

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Paima Beauty

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Passion Cosmetics Paris

Patricia Deleon Cosmetics

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Perfect Girl

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PETA France

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Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Ltd

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Planted Skincare

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Popwhite

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Power Pets Brands

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PRIIA Cosmetics

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Procarton

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Pure Chemistry S.A.S.

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Rawgaia

Releaf

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Renpure

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Rhug Wild Beauty

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Safe Nails

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Santaverde GmbH

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Saving Face Limited

Schmidt’s Naturals

Secrets Cosmetiques

Seda

Sedal

Sensori Plus

Sepai Laboratories

Seraphine Botanicals

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Silvan Skincare

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Simple Alchemy

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Skinny Sprinkles

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Sky Organics

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Soaper Delights

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Tailored Beauty

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Tatcha

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teethlovers

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The Beauty of Eczema

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The Body & Face Place

The Body Shop

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The Good Stuff

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The Natural Barber Co.

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The Pure Collection

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Think Beecause

Thunderbird Skin

Tolteca

Total Solutions Inc

Trebol Verde

TRUE Skincare Limited

Two Orchards Ltd

Two Plants

TYH London

Ultra Glow

Ultra Glow Cosmetics Ltd

Unilever

Urban Veda

Vegan Beauty Care

Velveit Cosmetics

Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery

Ville de Fleurs

Visage Pro

Watermans

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White Rabbit Skincare Ltd.

Whitfords

Wiig

Wild & Wolf

Wilde Beauty Limited

Wildwash

Yaya Maria's

Yes Nurse

Y-Not Natural

You & Oil

Young ePure

Zendium

Zeva Organics

Zoya Goes Pretty

Zyderma

 

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