The Australian government is implementing a ban on the use of animals for cosmetic testing. The Commonwealth Department of Health is managing the implementation of this ban with the assistance of NHMRC.

As part of this initiative, NHMRC is amending 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 cosmetic testing. 

Amending the Code is being overseen by NHMRC's Animal Welfare Committee with advice from the Code Advisory Group established under Section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Act 1992. The process will include 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. While the Code is adopted into legislation in all states and territories, enforcement of any ban on the use of animals for cosmetic testing would be a matter for the state and territory governments and they would need to amend their existing animal welfare legislation.

NHMRC does not fund cosmetic testing.

Further information

Enquiries

For further information, please contact ethics@nhmrc.gov.au.