ECHA decision on animal tests for cosmetic ingredients angers campaigners


The relationship between the EU’s REACH requirements and the Cosmetics Regulation’s marketing and testing bans continue to cause friction

The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Board of Appeal has disappointed cruelty-free campaigners by rejecting two appeals concerning vertebrate animal testing on cosmetic ingredients.

In the contested decisions, ECHA had required a registrant to carry out several studies on vertebrate animals on two substances: homosalate and 2-ethylhexyl salicylate, which are both used exclusively as ingredients in cosmetic products.

According to ECHA, the studies are required to fulfil registration requirements for human health endpoints and include a 90-day subchronic toxicity study, two PNDT and two EOGRT studies. In one of the two cases, ECHA also required the registrant to carry out a fish sexual development test.

The European Union’s Cosmetics Regulation contains restrictions for vertebrate animal testing on ingredients for cosmetic products, but these restrictions do not prevent the carrying out of tests in order to comply with the information requirements of the EU’s pan-industry chemicals regulation REACH.

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Cosmetics Business, 20 August 2020