UK: Home Office announces limited ban on animal tests for household products
The UK Home Office announced on March 12, 2015 that animal tests will no longer be performed for finished household products or chemicals where more than half of their usage is expected to be as an ingredient in household products, i.e., cleaning products, polishes, detergents, paint, decorating materials, laundry products, adhesives and air fresheners. The ban, which shall enter into force in October, follows a coalition promise in 2010 to end animal testing for household products.
The ban will likely have limited effects for the following reasons: no animal experiments were performed on finished house hold products since 2010 in the UK, companies will need to define the expected usage of a chemical as being more than half for household cleaning products to avoid testing, and even then a legal requirement of another regulation or an exceptional justification can trigger the animal tests.
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