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Australia Passes Bill Banning Animal Testing for Cosmetics Nationwide

By Sophie Hirsh

In a huge win for animals, the Australian Senate just signed a bill prohibiting animal testing for cosmetics across the country. Lawmakers passed the bill as part of Industrial Chemicals Bills 2017, a group of six bills regulating industrial chemicals down under. One section of the bills bans animal testing on ingredients intended for cosmetic purposes across Australia. Specifically, the bill puts a "ban on animal test data for applications for cosmetics."

Humane Society International (HSI) campaigned for the government to approve the bill, as per a press release on the organization's website. As the release explained, the bill includes 11 measures to make sure all forms of cosmetic animal testing are encapsulated by the ban. Additionally, the bill provides funding that will "support the development and uptake of modern non-animal test methods." 

According to the press release, the bill has a focus on new cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients. It will "prohibit new animal test data for all cosmetic uses of chemical ingredients introduced to Australia, ensuring that consumers won’t be exposed to buying newly animal tested cosmetics even after the ban comes into force."  The emphasis on new cosmetics means that non-cruelty-free cosmetics that are already on the market will still be able to be sold, even after the ban takes effect. Brian Quinlan from the Department of Health told Vogue Australia that the bills still have a few more steps before becoming law. But once they do (hopefully), "the ban will apply to animal test data obtained from tests [conducted] on or after 1 July 2020."