Skin Inc reports that South Korea has set a target date of 2017 for ending animal testing in the cosmetic industry.
Cruelty Free International has welcomed the imminent launch of a Korean Bill, with official support, to end all testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals by 2017.
This follows extensive negotiations by Cruelty Free International with Ministerial officials, the Food and Drug Administration and Parliamentarians, led by Rep. Jeong-Lim Moon, member of the Health and Welfare Committee, who will present the Bill to implement the proposals during March. If this goes ahead, Korea will be the second country in Asia to set out on the route to completely end animal testing for cosmetics.
According to One Green Planet, while this is welcome news, it is by no means the all-out ban that many seek on animal testing.
In its current form, the bill requires cosmetic manufacturers to use alternatives to animals for testing where Korean government approved alternates are available. If no alternative is in place for use, they will be allowed to resort to animals. The bill also allows ingredients that have been tested on animals for regulatory purposes to be used in cosmetics, excluding colorants, preservatives and sunscreen chemicals. Additionally, Korea will continue to test on animals if it is required by countries that import their cosmetics.
So, this bill is by no means an all-out ban on cosmetic testing, nor does it promise to phase out these stipulations within any given time frame. However, it still represents the beginning of a much larger journey towards a cruelty-free future.
Read more: “Looking Good doesn’t Require Animal Testing.”
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