BUAV has today warmly welcomed the news that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BSI) is revising standard IS 4011, a move which could result in India moving towards a full ban on the use of animals for testing cosmetic products.
The news follows a meeting between Dr G N Singh who is the Drug Controller General of India and Indian MP Maneka Gandhi from People for Animals. After the meeting, Dr Singh said, “If other countries don't allow it, we will also ban animal testing of cosmetics.”
People for Animals are a leading partner of Cruelty Free International, the global organisation founded by the BUAV to campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics worldwide. People for Animals launched the India Cruelty Free International office in 2012. Cruelty Free International is working with governments, regulators, companies and partner organisations worldwide. The ambitious campaign is placing the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the very first time as part of a global strategy to tackle cosmetics testing on animals.
A ban on the importing of animal-tested cosmetics into the European Union will come into force in March, so any Indian companies wishing to sell cosmetics in the EU will be unable to test them on animals. New Indian regulations for the registering of cosmetics products are due to come into force in April, which presents an opportunity to include the ban.
Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV and Cruelty Free International stated: ‘We welcome this encouraging news. Cruelty Free International will continue to work with Maneka Ghandi and People for Animals to ensure that India can join Europe in banning cosmetics testing on animals as soon as possible.’