Australia’s Proposed ban on Animal Testing Weaker than Europe’s Laws, Health Department Concedes

COSMETICS outlawed in other countries for being tested on animals could still be sold in Australia under the Federal Government’s proposed ban, the Health Department concedes.

The ban will only prohibit animal test data being used to prove the safety of chemicals used “solely” for cosmetics, which animal welfare groups say makes up only about 10 per cent of the ingredients used.

The Health Department and Be Cruelty-Free both explained differences between the EU regulatory scheme and Australia’s which could lead to a product banned in Europe being sold here.

In Australia the assessment was through the same scheme and under the proposal if a chemical had multiple uses — including cosmetics — animal test data could be provided.

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