Submission to the Federal Department of Health on animal testing

In March 2017, the Animal Law Institute submitted its views in response to a consultation paper by the Federal Department of Health, regarding a potential ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals.

In our submission, ALI recommended that a ban on animal testing should extend to all chemicals used as cosmetic ingredients, rather than chemicals used exclusively as cosmetic ingredients as proposed in the consultation paper.

We also recommended that any amendments to codes of conduct must complement an enforcement regulatory regime. ALI supported the consultation paper’s proposal that the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes be amended to ban cosmetic testing on animals.