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Alternatives to




testing bans

Testing cosmetic products and their ingredients on animals was banned across the EU in 2013.


The ban was created because reliable non-animal methods were developed to test the safety of cosmetics. The legislation is part of EU Regulation 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation).

Find out more below about the EU ban and testing outside Europe.


The ban on cosmetic testing in the UK was introduced in 1998.

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