EU-US Work Together Ahead of Testing Ban

Escrito por ARNA.

The governments of the United States and the European Union are working together to ensure that alternatives to animal testing are in place prior to the 2009 E.U. ban on animal-tested cosmetics. The ban will apply to all cosmetics sold in the E.U.'s 27 nations, regardless of where they were manufactured or tested.

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The governments of the United States and the European Union are working together to ensure that alternatives to animal testing are in place prior to the 2009 E.U. ban on animal-tested cosmetics. The ban will apply to all cosmetics sold in the E.U.'s 27 nations, regardless of where they were manufactured or tested.

Discussions at a November 9 meeting of the European Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration focused on the development of animal testing alternatives and the need to harmonize regulations to ensure effective validation and acceptance of alternative testing methods.

"The U.S. government and industry must recognize the E.U. Cosmetics Directive that will be implemented in 2009," Sara Amundson, executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, said. "This reality makes the U.S. government's rapid acceptance of E.U.-validated alternatives the only course that will allow U.S. industry to continue to dominate the marketplace."

The U.S. faces losing its spot as the world's largest cosmetics exporter to Europe if it does not have animal testing alternatives in place before the ban begins. U.S. cosmetics exports to Europe amount to nearly $2 billion each year.

Sources: The New York Times; Cordis News; CosmeticsDesign.com;