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January 11, 2011

HSI Europe Encourages MPs to Sign Early Day Motion Calling for 2013 Sales Ban of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

Humane Society International/Europe

The European Commission has signaled that a Europe-wide sales ban on animal tested cosmetics that is due to take effect 2013 could be delayed by years [1]. Humane Society International/Europe [2] applauds Green Party MP Caroline Lucas for tabling an Early Day Motion [3] calling for the UK Government to take action to safeguard the ban, which received support from cross-party MP sponsors.

Says HSI Europe Senior Policy Adviser Emily McIvor:

“Both consumers and politicians in the EU recognise that it is unethical to cause animal suffering, especially for products like lipstick and eye shadow, which is why the EU has already banned animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients within its borders. It is hypocritical, and unethical, to allow these products to be tested on animals outside the EU and then sold here. HSI Europe congratulates Caroline Lucas MP for tabling an EDM to maintain the sales ban, and urges MPs of all parties to sign it. We expect to see the Coalition take all necessary steps to maintain the deadline to ensure that in 2013 the EU becomes the world’s first cruelty-free cosmetics zone.”

HSI Europe staff believes that animal testing of cosmetics is morally unacceptable and that the ban should go ahead regardless of the availability of alternative methods for all toxicity endpoints. Furthermore, there are thousands of cosmetic ingredients already established as safe that can be used by companies to create new products.


  • Animal testing of cosmetics products and ingredients was banned within the EU in 2004 and 2009 respectively under the 7th amendment to the Cosmetics Directive [4].
  • HSI Europe is part of the Leaping Bunny programme [5], an internationally recognised cruelty-free standard for cosmetic, personal care and household products. All approved companies are independently audited to prove they don’t test on animals or buy ingredients animal tested after a fixed cut-off date.
  • The ban includes: 2004: prohibited marketing of cosmetics ingredients tested on animals using test methods for which there are alternatives adopted at EU level; 2009: banned sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals for all but three animal tests—repeat dose toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics; and 2013: sales ban should apply to these last three animal tests and is due to come into force.


For more information, contact Wendy Higgins at whiggins@hsi.org.


1. Correspondence from European Commission to HSI Europe on 9 March 2010.

2. Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organisations—backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programmes. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—on the Web at HSIEurope.org

3. EDM 1242 can be viewed here.

4. 7th Amendment to Council Directive 76/768/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cosmetic products.

5. The Leaping Bunny programme is run by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, of which HSI is a member.