Use of animals in the testing of cosmetics

The Commonwealth Department of Health is managing the implementation of a package of legislative and non-legislative measures to introduce a ban on cosmetic testing on animals. These measures include revision of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (2013) (the Code) to incorporate a ban on the use of animals for this purpose. NHMRC will be managing the revision of the Code, and is currently working with the Department of Health regarding this initiative. The process will involve public consultation on any proposed amendments to the Code.

In Australia, the state and territory governments have regulatory responsibility for animal welfare, including the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. The Code which is developed by NHMRC is adopted into all state and territory legislation. Enforcement of any amendments to the Code to ban the use of animals for cosmetic testing would be a matter for the state and territory governments to enact through existing animal welfare legislation, and is beyond the control of NHMRC.

NHMRC does not fund cosmetic product testing.

Further information

Enquiries

For enquiries about the use of animals in cosmetic testing, please contact ethics@nhmrc.gov.au.