It has been recognized that the use of animals in safety testing for cosmetics does not necessarily create safer products. There are many safety tests that are scientifically superior and more reliable than those that use animals. Moreover, alternative tests have been in use by the cosmetics industry for more than a decade.
In 2002, California became the first state to prohibit testing cosmetics and personal care items on animals, when an alternative test is available. Since then, three other states (NJ, NY and VA) have also passed laws that ban testing cosmetics on animals. These state laws ban manufacturers and other testing facilities from using traditional animal testing methods when alternative testing methods have been approved by the Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM).
In 2018, California became the first state to prohibit the sale of cosmetics tested on animals outside the state, and NJ, NY and VA all proposed legislation this year to add that provision to their own testing bans.
This year, many other states have introduced legislation to ban the sale and use of cosmetics using animals for safety testing. If you live in a state that has legislation pending, please contact your legislator and encourage them to support this legislation.
Connecticut, SB 230 Would phase out the sale and manufacture of cosmetics that utilize animal testing in any phase of their development.
1/23/19 Referred to Joint Committee on Environment
Hawaii, HB 704/SB 239/SB 756 Would make it unlawful for a manufacturer to import for profit, sell, or offer for sale in this State, any cosmetic, for which an animal test was conducted or contracted by or on behalf of the manufacturer, or any supplier of the manufacturer, on or after January 1, 2021.
2/8/19 Hearing on HB 704 by Committee on Agriculture, passed with amendments.
2/20/19 Hearing on HB 704 by Judiciary Committee (passed) and CPU (passed).
3/5/19 HB 704 passed House, as amended; sent to Senate.
3/22/19 HB 704 passed Senate CPH Committee and was referred to Senate Judiciary/Ways and Means Committees
Awaits further action in the Senate Judiciary/Ways and Means Committees in 2020.
Illinois, SB 241 Would make it unlawful for a manufacturer to import for profit, sell, or offer for sale in this State any cosmetic, if the cosmetic was developed or manufactured using an animal test that was conducted or contracted by the manufacturer, or any supplier of the manufacturer, on or after January 1, 2020.
3/5/19 Assigned to Committee on Agriculture, as amended by sponsor.
3/21/19 Passed the Senate; sent to House
4/9/19 Assigned to Labor & Commerce Committee
5/1/19 Passed the Labor & Commerce Committee with a unanimous vote
Maryland, SB 540 Would prohibit a person from conducting or contracting for cosmetic animal testing in the development of a cosmetic beginning October 1, 2020; would prohibit a person from selling, offering for sale, or transporting within the State certain cosmetics beginning October 1, 2021.
2/4/19 Referred to Committee on Finance.
3/14/19 Hearing scheduled before Committee on Finance.
4/8/19 Session adjourned
Massachusetts, H 823/S 505 Would prohibit manufacturers and contract testing facilities in the state from using traditional animal test methods on any ingredient or product for which an appropriate alternative test method or strategy exists.
1/22/19 Referred to respective committees on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
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Nevada, SB 197 Would prohibit a manufacturer from importing, selling or offering for sale in this State any cosmetic for which testing was performed on certain animals.
2/18/19 Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
4/17/19 Committee on Commerce and Labor recommends passage.
4/18/19 Passed by Senate,
4/19 /19 Referred to House Committee on Commerce and Labor
New Jersey, A 4818, Would prohibit any person or manufacturer from selling or offering for sale in the state any cosmetic that was developed or manufactured using an animal test, if the test was conducted or contracted by the manufacturer or any supplier of the manufacturer on or after January 1, 2020; expands on existing ban on conducting safety testing on animals in the state.
12/17/18 Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee
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1/9/19 A 496 Referred to Committee on Economic Development.
3/5/19 S 4250 Referred to Committee on Consumer Protection.
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Vermont, S 16 Would prohibit the use of vertebrate animals in nonmedical research testing if there is an alternative test method available that does not use vertebrate animals and provides equivalent or better scientific information than the animal test it replaces.
1/16/19 Referred to Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.
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Virginia SB 1642 Would prohibit cosmetics manufacturer from importing for profit, selling, or offering for sale any cosmetic for which a cosmetics animal test was conducted by or contracted for or on behalf of such cosmetics manufacturer or cosmetics supplier; expands on existing ban on conducting safety testing on animals in the state.
1/23/19 Passed the Senate, as amended; sent to House.
2/5/19 Assigned to House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources; 2/11/19 subcommittee recommends passage.
2/19/19 Virginia legislative session ends. Left in committee.
For more information on the adoption of humane cosmetics law worldwide, go to the NAVS website.