The competitive energy in the cosmetic industries of both countries allows for great scientific and product improvements. It is clear that future innovations in the cosmetic industry will need to proceed without testing on animals. Federal legislation that would prohibit this testing has been introduced in both the US and Canada and are currently being considered.
In June 2015, the Humane Cosmetics Act was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives which will prohibit testing cosmetics on animals along with making sure that no cosmetic may be sold or transported in the United States if the final product or any of its ingredients were produced using animal testing. Canada quickly followed suit in December 2015 by introducing the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act to the Canadian Senate which would make cosmetic testing on animals illegal. Neither of these bills has been passed into law and both will undergo debate and no doubt, further refinements.
Animal testing is a heated topic within the world of cosmetics and a major concern for many consumers. This practice has been virtually eliminated in the world of cosmetic science. The challenge for cosmetic scientists is how to deal with new ingredients and new products that have not been used before. We have made promising advances in the use of non-animal methods to assess safety and toxicity of ingredients. There are however some limitations to this kind of testing. The reality is it is increasingly likely that the first use of new cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients will be on humans.
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