Last Thursday the European Parliament approved a resolution for the European Union to initiate a diplomatic campaign to prohibit the testing of cosmetics on animals worldwide from 2023. This practice has been banned since 2013 in the EU, but continues to exist in 80% of non-EU countries.
The text has been supported by 620 MEPs, while 14 have voted against and 18 have abstained. In it, the European Parliament emphasizes that the ban in the EU has not been an obstacle for the cosmetic industry to prosper and provide some two million jobs.
MEPs have also denounced the existence of "loopholes" in the regulation of the community bloc, because it allows the marketing of cosmetics that have undergone tests on animals in other countries but are later examined with alternative methods in the EU. Parliament urges the EU to ensure that no product placed on the EU market has been tested on animals in third countries.
They also emphasize that most of the ingredients in cosmetics are used in many other products, such as medicines, detergents or food, and that therefore they may have been tested on animals under different regulations.
Despite these deficiencies at the internal level, MEPs have called on heads of state and government to use diplomacy to "form a broad international coalition" and conclude, within the framework of the United Nations, a convention against the use of animals for testing cosmetic products.