Cruelty Free Cosmetics Acts in Canada and the United States

In June 2015, Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen (Conservative-New Brunswick) launched a bill to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics in Canada, as well as the sale of cosmetic products or ingredients that have been newly animal tested in other parts of the world.  As of June 18, 2015, the Bill called the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act was in second reading in the Canadian Senate.

Also in June, the Humane Cosmetics Act was introduced with strong bipartisan leadership from U.S. Representatives Martha McSally (R -AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joe Heck (R -NV) and Tony Cardenas (D-CA). The Humane Cosmetics Act would end animal testing for cosmetics after a 1 year phase in and would further phase out the sale of animal tested cosmetics in 3 years.

New novel “cosmeceutical” ingredients designed to, for example, transform the structure and function of the skin, will require robust, non-animal methods of testing to ensure consumer safety.