FAQ - Animal testing for cosmetics
Monday, 11 December 2017
The Industrial Chemicals Bill, 2017
restricts the use of new animal test data for cosmetic ingredients, including a ban on the use of this data for chemicals used exclusively in cosmetics.
From 1 July 2018, animal test data will not be able to be used to support the introduction of a new cosmetic-only ingredient.
This legislation is a significant step forward in not only reforming the way in which industrial chemicals are regulated in Australia, but also in delivering on our election commitment to ban the use of animal testing for cosmetic products.
In addition to the ban, the Federal Coalition Government has announced a package of $2.1 million to:
- work with states and territories to amend their animal welfare laws to ban the use of animals for cosmetic testing; and
- make sure product information about animal testing is clearer through an industry code of practice and information for consumers.
The Government will continue to work with the industry and other stakeholders – including animal welfare groups and consumers – on a code of practice which will address animal testing claims made on products.
The House of Representatives has now passed the enabling legislation for these reforms.