I am proud that the United Kingdom was the first country in the world to ban cosmetics testing in animals, which was implemented on a voluntary basis in 1998. This country was also instrumental in introducing this ban across the European Union, and it has been illegal to test cosmetics or their intended ingredients on animals in the EU since 2010. In addition, a ban on the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals came into force in 2010.
The UK Government maintains a strong commitment to a rigorous regulatory system under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. The regulatory system ensures that animal research and testing is carried out only where no practicable alternative exists, and under controls which keep suffering to the minimum.
In terms of the UK’s international leadership on this issue, I know that the UK Government is always keen to encourage the sharing of knowledge and best practice with other countries, in order to support the ending of cosmetics testing on animals in favour of alternatives across the world. We are proud to be a world leader on animal welfare and intend to set a great example to the rest of the world.