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One step closer to a full EU cosmetics animal testing marketing ban

20/11/2012

The BUAV, together with our colleagues in the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), has welcomed further confirmation from Mr Tonio Borg, Commissioner Designate for the Health and Consumer Affairs portfolio, regarding his position on maintaining the 2013 marketing ban deadline for animal tested cosmetics. 

In a letter dated 17th November, Mr Borg, the candidate under consideration for the position of Commissioner, whose responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of the EU marketing ban in the European Commission, reiterated his pledge “not to postpone the ban on the marketing of cosmetic products if tested on animals”. This written confirmation comes just a few days after the ECEAE reported on the hearing in the European Parliament where Mr Borg was questioned by MEPs on, amongst other pressing issues, the EU Cosmetics Directive which regulates the import of animal tested cosmetic products.  

For many years, the ECEAE has been pressing the EU institutions to ensure that no postponement or exceptions are added to the 2013 marketing ban deadline, as that would lead to thousands of animals continuing to suffer in countries around the world for cosmetics sold within the EU. We have taken our message out to politicians, the public and industry achieving widespread support. 

Highlights of our No Cruel Cosmetics campaign include the ground-breaking report produced by the ECEAE UK member group, the BUAV, which challenged the assumption of the necessity of animal testing for cosmetics and detailed the alternative approaches available to cosmetics companies as well as our Euro-wide petition of nearly a quarter of a million signatures, which was handed in to the European Parliament in October. 

We are grateful for those MEPs who, in supporting our campaign, have ensured that cosmetics animal testing has been brought to the forefront of the agenda of the potential new Commissioner. The ECEAE has made its support for Mr Borg’s position clear on this issue and we will be watching closely the decision made by the European Parliament tomorrow on whether it supports Mr Borg as Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner.