The Australian Government implements a ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals.

SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & HouseholdNO. 120/20

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Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has been replaced by the new Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) for the introduction (importation and manufacture) of industrial chemicals to Australia. This new AICIS scheme, together with the Australian Industrial Chemicals Act 2019, entered into force July 1, 2020.

With this new reform, the Australian Government has implemented a ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals. New cosmetic ingredients, locally produced or imported, shall not use animal testing data to prove their safety. This update aligns with the direction taken in the European Union (EU), and allows the use of a range of internationally recognized alternative methods to support the safety of ingredients.

New ingredients which have multi-functions across different product categories will be excluded from this ban. This prohibition is only applicable to new ingredients used exclusively in cosmetics. Cosmetics already placed on the market will not be affected with this new update.

  1. Australian Government Depart of Health: Ban on the use of animal test data for cosmetics
  2. Industrial Chemical Act 2019

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Next Step

Manufacturers or suppliers who will introduce new cosmetic ingredient shall pay attention to this change. Alternatives to animal test data shall be ready for importation.

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