Global Developments in Animal Testing

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In January 2015, the Turkish Drug and Medical Device Institution officially implemented restrictions on the use of animal subjects in cosmetic testing. In doing so, Turkey joins such other world nations as Canada, Taiwan, Russia, India, and Israel, which introduced similar legislation in 2014 and 2015. This trend follows groundbreaking 2013 legislation from the European Union, which has officially banned the sale of any cosmetics produced using animal testing. Further regulations now also prohibit the marketing and import of cosmetics with ingredients tested on animals.

According to experts at Humane Society International (HSI), these restrictions align with consumer demand for more humanely produced cosmetics. The phrase “not tested on animals” emerged in a recent Nielsen survey as the most important claim on beauty product packaging, while 43 percent of those surveyed expressed a willingness to pay more for cruelty-free products.

Recent advances in humane alternatives such as in vitro and skin equivalent testing have made it easier for companies to respect the wishes of concerned buyers. The industry remains restricted by the Chinese market, where animal testing is mandatory, but shifting opinions in nearby Japan offer hope that such testing will soon fall out of fashion worldwide