PCPC lends its support to the Humane Cosmetics Act

PCPC lends its support to the Humane Cosmetics Act

The legislation was reintroduced into the U.S. House of Representatives, yesterday, September 12th​ by Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) and Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) as part of a concerted bipartisan effort to completely eliminate the sale of new products that have in any way tested on animals.

The legislation proposes the complete ban of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients tested on animals that have been produced in the United States or imported from being transported or sold anywhere in the country.

Bringing the US in line with the rest of the world

The Humane Cosmetics Act​ (S. 3357 / H.R. 6207) means that one year after the bill is enacted any company caught violating the new regulations would be liable to civil penalties under US law and would bring the US in line with over 40 other countries that have already outlawed the practice.

“The Humane Cosmetics Act prohibits animal testing of cosmetics and their ingredients and prohibits the sale in the United States of cosmetics that have been tested on animals,”​ The PCPC said in an official statement. “This reintroduction builds on the decades’ long effort by industry and stakeholders to promote non-animal alternatives. For nearly four decades, both in the U.S. and globally, our member companies have been instrumental in the movement to develop viable alternative safety assessment methods, and we will continue to work towards this important charge.”

The latest legislation push will mean a renewed emphasis on finding alternative testing non-animal testing methods, something the PCPC has been increasingly involved in. As part of these efforts the organization has been working closely with the International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR), International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM) and the International Collaboration on Cosmetics Safety (ICCS).

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