This week the BUAV founded organisation Cruelty Free International is attending the International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) in Japan. Cruelty Free International Director of Policy, Dr Nick Palmer, has been invited to speak at the meeting. Dr Palmer will advance the issue of ending cosmetics tests on animals, encouraging ASEAN, Korea and China to implement a ban on animal testing for cosmetics and discuss spreading the European animal testing cosmetics ban to other continents, including the large US market. The ICCR includes the USA, Canada and Japan, with observers also expected from Korea and Brazil, so Dr Palmer's speech will play a crucial role in pushing our cruelty-free message to key representatives from countries across the globe.
Japan currently accepts animal testing for cosmetics, though the alternative validation centre JacVam is willing to accept alternatives.
Cruelty Free International would like Japan to consider adopting Europe's policy of requiring non-animal testing, rather than leaving it to companies who may continue to do cruel testing on rabbits and other animals which have been superseded by approved non-animal methods.
Dr Palmer recently visited Beijing and Shanghai to meet Chinese policy-makers and speak at a conference of Chinese cosmetics firms on the need to move towards non-animal alternative tests. His visit is part of the work of Cruelty Free International under its China Task Force that has been established with leading companies, the cosmetics industry and regulators to improve the animal testing situation in China. The goal of Cruelty Free International is to gain acceptance in China for the well-established and validated methods that are available as an alternative to cosmetics testing on animals. Cruelty Free International in discussions with the Chinese authorities to set out a road map for the government to remove its current barrier to ethical trade and allow cruelty-free cosmetics in China.
Cruelty Free International is the only organization working for a global ban on cosmetics tests on animals. It works with governments, regulators, companies and partner organizations worldwide and has placed the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the very first time as part of a global strategy to tackle product testing on animals.
Cruelty Free International and the BUAV recently welcomed reports that India is to become the first country in Asia to ban animal testing for cosmetics and ingredients.