Animal Testing of Cosmetics Banned in Australia
An overview of Australia's ban on animal testing of cosmetic products.
On July 1, 2020, Australia replaced its National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) with the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). This relates to the introduction, either via importation or manufacture, of industrial chemicals into Australia. On the same day, the Australian Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 also came into force.
This reform effectively bans the testing of cosmetic products on animals. It applies to all new cosmetic ingredients, whether they are produced domestically or imported. Animal testing can no longer be used to prove their safety. Instead, the reform allows for the use of internationally recognized alternatives.
The prohibition only affects new ingredients that are used exclusively in cosmetics. It does not impact cosmetic products already on the market and new ingredients that have multi-functions across different product categories are exempt.
This reform brings Australia's regulations into alignment with the European Union (EU).
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