New European regulations forbid testing cosmetics on animals


The European Union is forcing a final makeover of its multi-billion-dollar cosmetics industry, banning all animal testing in products and ingredients and eliminating any exceptions. The industry says it leaves it out-of-sync with Asian markets and out-of-luck with alternatives for certain tests for allergies and even cancer. But in Canada, one cosmetics firm found alternative tests long ago. We'll tell you more.

European Commission Spokesperson, Frédéric Vincent

We started this segment with some voices outside The Body Shop on Oxford street in London, England, one of the cosmetics company's busiest stores. The 37-year-old Body Shop came to prominence with its pledge to never test its products on animals - a value now being imposed on cosmetics companies across Europe.

Earlier this week the EU's official ban on animal testing for cosmetics came into final force. Make-up tested on animals can no longer be sold in the European Union. The ban has come into effect in phases with prohibitions first on finished products and then on animal tested ingredients.

Frédéric Vincent is a spokesperson for Health & Consumer Policy at the European Commission and he was in Brussels.

Trade Association Cosmetics Europe - Colin Mackay

The cosmetics industry believes the new regulations could use a little makeover and is uncomfortable with a complete ban. It worries about allergic and hypersensitive reactions-- as well as whether products untested on animals might cause cancer.

Colin Mackay is the spokesperson for Cosmetics Europe a trade association that represents over four thousand European cosmetics companies. He joined us from Brussels.

Cover-FX Chief Innovation Officer, Victor Casale

Victor Casale is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Canadian make-up company Cover FX. He and his team are responsible for creating beauty products free of irritants and without testing animals. Victor Casale joined us from Toronto.

This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien, Josh Block and Farrah Richardson.

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