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Brazil’s Senate Commission vote project to prohibit the use of animal testing for cosmetics

On March 22, Brazil’s Senate Commission of Science, Technology, Innovation, Communication and Information Technology (CCT) voted to ban the use of animals in tests for the production of cosmetics, perfumes and personal hygiene products.

The proposal (PLC 70/2014) bans animal testing for both ingredients and finished products and prohibits the trade of products that have been tested on animals. It also encourages the use of alternative methods to assess the safety of cosmetic formulations, as amended by the rapporteur, Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP).

The proposal was approved with amendments of the rapporteur, Senator (...)

The proposal was approved with amendments of the rapporteur, Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (right)

According to the approved text, animal testing may be accepted by the health authority only in exceptional situations, in case of "serious concerns about the safety of a cosmetic ingredient" and after consulting the company. This authorization can only be granted if: the ingredient is widely used on the market and cannot be replaced; there is a specific human health problem, related to the ingredient, and if there is no alternative testing method. This rule is similar to the one existing in the European regulation.

Randolfe Rodrigues proposes a three-year delay before the ban is implemented so as companies can update their research and development practices and adapt their infrastructures. He recalls that the proposition does not have any impact on the development of drugs and vaccines, as it is restricted to the testing of cosmetics and toiletries.

This a new step towards the implementation of the ban in Brazil, but the bill still need passed into law. For now, however, the legislation remains unchanged.

The full text of the proposal is available: here (in Portuguese).

With Agência Senado

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