California could be the first state to ban animal testing on beauty products.
Introduced by California Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, SB-1249 prohibits animal testing on all beauty products, including makeup, skin, body and hair care, and prohibits the sale of any older product that had been tested on animals. If signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, the bill will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
“[The] existing law prohibits manufacturers and contract testing facilities from using traditional animal testing methods within this state when an appropriate alternative test method has been scientifically validated and recommended by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods or other specified agencies,” the bill stated.
The bill has already received approval from within the beauty industry, including the Personal Care Products Council. “Our member companies have long supported measures to make animal testing obsolete and we very much appreciate the hard work of Senator Galgiani and our coalition to find a positive path forward,” said president and chief executive officer Lezlee Westine. “SB-1249 is good for California consumers, businesses, jobs and animal welfare. We remain committed to finding and advocating for acceptance of alternatives to animal testing in the U.S. and abroad.”
The International Cosmetic Trade Association also issued a statement reading: “Consumer health and safety is of the utmost concern to the cosmetics and personal-care industry and ICMAD and its more than 900 member companies. This is why ICMAD’s primary focus has been to advocate for national uniformity for the regulation of the cosmetics industry, which is where the issue of animal testing needs to be directly addressed through the support and development of alternative testing models and reference data bases.”