INDIA: India has banned animal testing for cosmetics. The Bureau of Indian Standards approved the removal of any mention of animal tests from the country’s cosmetics standard. The use of non-animal alternative tests also becomes mandatory, replacing invasive tests on animals.
Any manufacturer interested in testing new cosmetic ingredients or finished products must first seek approval from India’s Central Drug Standards Control Organization. A manufacturer will be given approval to test only after complying with the BIS non-animal standards. The ban concerns only products that are manufactured in India, not affecting cosmetic imports.
“This is a great day for India and for the thousands of animals who will no longer suffer, yet more work must be done,” said India Parliament member Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda. “Our government must go a step further by banning cosmetics products that are tested on animals abroad and then imported and sold here in India. Only then will India demonstrate its commitment to compassion and modern, non-animal research methods and truly be cruelty free.”
Humane Society International says it is leading the campaign to persuade India to become the next fully cruelty-free cosmetics zone. Israel and the 27 member countries of the European Union have banned cosmetics animal testing as well as sales of the products from other countries.