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The Australian Senate has passed the Government’s Industrial Chemicals Bills 2017 banning the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals in Australia. This ban also includes the sale of cosmetics and their ingredients (from overseas) which have been newly tested on animals. The commencement date for this bill is set for July 2020. (18 February 2019) Read more here.

Australia has delayed the ban on cosmetics testing on animals for the third time until 1 July 2020. “On 1 June 2017, the Industrial Chemicals Bill (the Bill) was tabled in Parliament. The Bill bans the use of data derived from animal tests conducted after the commencement of the new industrial chemicals scheme on (expected 1 July 2020), to support the introduction of a new chemical intended for use in a cosmetic. The Bill was subject to an inquiry by the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee and passed the House of Representatives on 17 October 2017. The Bill is now before the Senate for consideration.” (14 January 2019) Read the full article here.

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree  Australia campaign reports that the Australian Senate has passed a motion urging the Government to fulfill its commitment to fully ban cruel animal testing for cosmetics. The cross-party motion is co-sponsored by Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Labor Senator Helen Polley, Centre Alliance Senator Stirling Griff, Senator Derryn Hinch, and Independent Senator Tim Storer. (23 August 2018) Read the full release here.

Cruelty Free International (Leaping Bunny) proposes a 6-point plan for the future of cruel toxicity tests, which includes demanding the EU allocates more funds to non-animal alternatives. (13 July 2018)

“To assist regulated entities to adequately prepare for compliance with the new Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), the Australian Government has decided to defer commencement of the scheme until 1 July 2019. The new commencement date also means that the aspects of the implementation of the election commitment and the 2017-18 Budget measure to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals that are included in the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 will also be delayed until 1 July 2019.” (14 March 2018) Read the full release here.

The proposed Industrial Chemicals Bill was listed for debate mid-December 2017, but was pulled from the Notice Paper by the Coalition government. It will be debated in 2018. (14 December 2017)

The Australian Greens provide an update on where parliament is up to in debating an end to cruel cosmetics in Australia (4 Dec 2017)

Animal welfare groups call Government’s proposed cosmetic animal testing ban “flawed” (12 May 2017)

The Department of Health (Australia) announces a major delay to the implementation of a national Ban on Cosmetic Testing on Animals (9 May 2017)

The Department of Health (Australia) engaged Hall & Partners to conduct a wide-ranging survey on the proposed ban on animal-tested cosmetics and released an accompanying Background Paper (November 2016)

Chinese government officials have stated that they will soon, for the first time ever, be recognising data from a completely non-animal test method for safety evaluations of cosmetics. (PETA, November 2016)

Complaint to European Ombudsman leads to inquiry into the official advice of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission (EC). (PETA, October 2016)

Taiwan has joined the growing global momentum to end cosmetics cruelty today with passage of legislation to end cosmetics animal testing. The bill, proposed by Legislators Wang YuMin and Zhuang Rui Xiong, amends Taiwan’s Control for Cosmetic Hygiene Act and bans cosmetic animal testing for both finished products and cosmetic ingredients. The legislation will go into effect in 2019. (HSI #BeCrueltyFree, October 2016)

The Coalition Government (Australia) announces that “a re-elected Turnbull Government will ban the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals. The ban will take effect from 1 July 2017, providing industry and retailers with a defined and reasonable transition period.” (June 2016)

The Swiss Government will stop selling cosmetics with ingredients tested on animals abroad. (March 2016)

Australian Labor Party MP Clare O’Neil introduces the Ethical Cosmetics Bill 2016 to the House of Representatives. (February 2016)

Seven of Australia’s leading animal protection organisations have written to Australia’s Minister for Rural Health, Senator Fiona Nash, urging the government to bring forward meaningful legislation to ban animal testing of cosmetics and the sale of cosmetics newly animal tested abroad. (January 2016)

Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon launches a comprehensive Ending Cruel Cosmetics campaign. (June 2015)

Senator proposes bill to end cosmetics testing on animals in Argentina. (June 2015)

Pan-Asian regulatory expert Dr Tommy Kong outlines current cosmetic import regulations in China. (March 2015)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree South Korea Campaign welcomes Cosmetics Bill requiring mandatory use of alternatives, but loopholes must be closed. (March 2015)

European Commission calls for regulators to work more closely while negotiating the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership with the USA to phase out animal-testing of cosmetics. (January 2015)

South Korea proposes animal-testing ban for finished cosmetics. (January 2015)

The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), has clarified the relationship between the marketing ban and the REACH information requirements after there was confusion over whether animal testing can take place. (October 2014)

Campaign update re animal-testing of cosmetics in India. (PETA, September 2014)

Campaign update re animal-testing of cosmetics in China. (HSI #BeCrueltyFree, July 2014)

The Australian Greens confirm that all cosmetics tested on animals would be banned in Australia under their proposal. (March 2014)

HSUS announces Congressman Jim Moran has introduced  The Humane Cosmetics Act, a bill that would enhance worldwide momentum in ensuring animals are not harmed in the process of creating or manufacturing cosmetics. You can read more at the official HSUS Press Release. (March 2014)

Great news from Sao Paulo, Brazil where animal-testing of cosmetics is now banned. (HSI #BeCrueltyFree, January 2014)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign update from India re their proposed ban on animal testing of cosmetics. (December 2013)

Humane Society International (HSI) has been speaking to the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and in June 2014 the requirement to animal-test locally made products was abolished. Whereas this is a great step forward, it will not eliminate animal experiments entirely. The Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service Limited (CIRS China) released a Regulatory Alert outlining what the changes mean. Read the CIRS China Regulatory Alert here. (November 2013)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign update on the latest news from China re a proposed review of animal testing regulations. (October 2013)

The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, today announced that a re-elected Labor Government would lead a national consultation on phasing out the importation, manufacture, sale, and advertising of cosmetics or cosmetic ingredients tested on animals. (August 2013)

BUAV announces positive steps to end animal experimentation in Italy. (August 2013)

EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg has urged Chinese authorities to follow the European example and rid the cosmetics arena of animal testing and turn to alternative methods instead. (June 2013)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign launch in China. (June 2013)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign celebrates India’s ban on animal testing of cosmetics.  (June 2013)

NEAVS welcomes retirement of laboratory chimpanzees but the NIH still has a way to go. (June 2013)

CHOICE exposes questionable cosmetic labelling re animal testing. Watch the CHOICE video which aired on Australian TV. (May 2013)

HRA exposes the University of Newcastle conducting invasive surgery on conscious Greyhounds. (May 2013)

BUAV (now Cruelty Free International) brings about an end to animal testing of cosmetics in the EU. (April 2013)

The Sunday Age gives a general overview of the shocking number of animals used in animal experiments. (December 2012)

The Sunday Age exposes a monkey farm in Victoria where primates are being bred specifically for experiments (November 2012)

Page updated: 14 January 2019

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