The RSPCA welcomed the publication of a new code of practice to guide the Australian cosmetics industry on advertising claims relating to the animal testing status of cosmetic products.
The Code was developed by the leading cosmetics industry body, Accord Australasia, following new laws introduced by the Australian government in 2019 restricting the use of animal test data to support the introduction of new chemical ingredients in Australian cosmetics.
RSPCA Australia CEO Richard Mussell said the continued risk that chemicals used in cosmetics were tested on animals was a major concern for Australian consumers.
“Although the new laws further limit the use of animal tested ingredients in cosmetics, they do not completely prevent it – hence the importance of an industry code to provide guidance to companies. to cosmetics and retailers about the advertising claims they should and shouldn’t make, âMussell said.
âThe RSPCA has been working hard for several years, alongside its international counterparts, to end the use of animal testing in the cosmetics industry, on a global scale.
âMore and more Australians are looking to select cosmetic products that they can trust and that have not been tested on animals.
âThe Code is a big step forward in clarifying for both industry and consumers what animal welfare best practice advertising claims look like.
âWe would like to thank Accord for their work in this regard, and we thank them for taking our comments into account in developing the Code.â