The European Commission Needs to Uphold a Full and Complete Ban on Testing Cosmetics Ingredients on Animals

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It’s a disgrace. Because of the provisions laid out in the world’s largest chemical testing programme, the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH), ingredients used in cosmetics continue to be tested on animals within the EU.

In 2013, the European Cosmetics Regulation was supposed to ban the sale of cosmetics products that had been tested on animals. This was a huge step forward in ending cruel and abhorrent cosmetics tests on animals. But under the guise of REACH, the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are still insisting on testing chemicals used in cosmetics for which there is a possibility of workforce exposure during manufacturing processes. Despite the clear mandate from the public and international governments on this issue, the questionable interplay between the REACH and Cosmetics regulations means that animals continue to die in tests for cosmetics ingredients.

The campaign to end these horrific tests is not over. With both a ban on testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals and a ban on the sale and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics in Europe, Israel and, most recently, India, the cosmetics industry has witnessed great progress in the development of superior, human-relevant, non-animal testing methods. It was envisioned that such humane testing methods would prevent millions of animals from being blinded, poisoned and killed in cruel tests for cosmetics. It is inexcusable in these times that animals can be forced to suffer and die for cosmetics ingredient tests when there is already a saturated marketplace and when most people in Europe oppose it.

PETA and its affiliates are determined to make sure that the public’s opposition to cosmetics testing is respected and that innovative, humane testing methods are used in place of archaic animal tests. Please help by urging the European Commission and ECHA to fulfil the spirit of the law by never allowing cosmetics ingredient tests on animals, no matter what the circumstances are. Take Action Now


  • Heidi Barton commented on January 10, 2015 at 11:50 am

    The message is clear: People don’t want animal testing, under any circumstances!

  • michel lewis commented on January 10, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Pls stop this nasty behaviour towards animals.

  • mireille hamel commented on January 18, 2015 at 4:43 am


  • Alison commented on January 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Please stop testing. There is no need for it and many companies have stopped on ethical grounds with no ill effect to their sales and doubtless far more respect. Let’s start being a lot kinder to those we happen to share this earth with and not abuse them because they cannot speak for themselves, are vulnerable and are very often a lot smaller than we are! – that is bullying big style – let’s respect them as we should each other. We are no better than they are – we draw breath, we grow, we have families and we survive to protect our own…so do they… It isn’t rocket science…is it??

  • Natasha commented on February 7, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Can someone please explain the effect of REACH- I still don’t get it. Do all cosmetic products fall prey to this? Is there a list (like leaping bunny) of what is & isn’t tested under the guise of REACH? Thank you

  • Edith ARNAUD commented on May 21, 2015 at 5:25 am

    STOOOOP aux tortures animales

  • Karin Marsh commented on September 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    It is nothing less than a horror show that all these cosmetic companies are conducting. Lets boycott all (from the most expensive to the cheapest) beauty products that have been tested on animals. Will see how fast companies change over to cruelty free, because lets face it, it is all about greed!!! I cry my heart out when I see the torture these sweet and gentle animals go through!

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