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DCGI Moves to Stop Cosmetics Tests

Written by PETA

Posted 02-26-2013, 02:02 PM | 15 Comments

The Drugs Controller General Of India has made moves to stop animal tests for cosmetics following input from PETA, MP Maneka Gandhi.

PETA India’s Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri informed members of the Bureau of Indian Standards Committee PCD 19 – which sets the standard for tests conducted by the nation’s cosmetics industry – about non-animal methods that can be used to test cosmetics. The meeting was chaired by the Drugs Controller General of India, Dr GN Singh, who declared that animal tests will be suspended until satisfactory validated non-animal methods are included in the current safety standard. In January, Singh met MP Maneka Gandhi, who strongly supports the modernization of tests to stop the use of animals and was quoted in the media as saying, “Several developed countries have put in rules that ban testing cosmetics on animals. We are thoroughly examining them. We don’t want to be cruel to animals. If other countries don’t allow it, we will also ban animal testing of cosmetics. The decision will follow a thorough examination and a strong scientific examination”.

PETA’s longstanding campaign against tests on animals in India has included highlighting that a phased-in ban on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals is scheduled to take full effect in the European Union (EU) in March 2013. Israel has banned the testing of cosmetics and household products such as cleaners and detergents on animals, and since 1 January 2013, cosmetics and household products that have been tested on animals cannot be sold in that country. PETA’s call for an end to the use of animals to test cosmetics had already gained an endorsement from the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Says Dr Koduri, “PETA commends Dr Singh for recognizing that animals are no longer required for the safety evaluation of cosmetics. If the EU and Israel can ban cosmetics testing on animals, so can India. Mrs. Gandhi should also be praised for her strong advocacy for positive change”.

Following a recent Bureau of Indian Standard meeting, a test using guinea pigs was removed from the standard on cosmetic testing following PETA’s objection. The official circular from yesterday’s meeting is expected to be released soon. PETA is also attempting to persuade the CHD 25 committee, which sets the standard for the safety evaluation of household products, to remove animal tests.

More than 1,300 companies around the world have banned all animal tests, but many still choose to subject animals to painful tests in which substances are smeared on their skin, sprayed in their faces or forced down their throats. Because of the vast physiological differences between humans and the animals used in these tests, the results are often misleading.

Learn which companies do and don’t test on animals and be 100% cruelty free.

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  • Iris Neuwirth

    No animal should be abused and killed !!!!!!!!!!! Every creature have the right to live !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Agnes Jönsson

    Stop testing kosmetica on animals

  • Vikas Jain

    Grt news. Feeling really happy after reading this. Only one way to make a batter world is Save animal save humanity. We feel pain, these animals also feels the same.
    We human love our children,these animals also do the same. The difference is we human are selfish, money minded, cheap, but these animals do not have these qualities.

  • Chander Kumar Soni

    i love animals.

  • Marilyn Byrne Graziano

    Animal testing is cruel and useless we are now in 2013 there are other ways of finding out if people are allergic etc to cosmetics!!!

  • Sonja Nielsen

    Testing on animals has no place in the 21st century. Numerous alternative methods, are developed and available. There is no excuse, whatsoever, for testing and experimenting on animals ..

  • Meher

    Kudos to PETA for this commendable and humungus task of eliminating animal testing for cosmetics and household products. Shall eagerly await an official blanket ban on animal testing in India and accross the globe too. The need for a Cruelty free list will not be necessary once there is a total ban in India and abroad. If we only empathise with our less fortunate friends we would know how those mute beings go thru endless torture in different forms from the heinous humans. PETA we, animal lovers are with you guys always in mind and spirit. GOD BLESS ALL THOSE WHO ARE THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS.

  • Jeanie

    Anyone who stands up against these cruel tests need to be applauded.Well done the countries that have banned the testing on animals.!!

  • Madhu

    Good news, once made in to law should be stringently enforced

  • Arti

    hey guy ….i want to join peta….wud u tell me d criteria….how can i join it?????

  • Mukesh Sharma

    Good start by PETA.. I appreciate the efforts by team to prevent cruelty against lovable animals..

  • Mahak

    hats-off to the efforts of petaindia & menka gandhi madam…….u all r doing very-2 noble work……god bless all of u & succeeed u in ur noble cause

  • Evren

    animal testing for cosmetics is cruel and unethical as cosmetics are not so necessary that you kill or end the life of another living being. JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO LOOK GOOD DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO MAKE SOMEONE ELSE SUFFER AND DIE!

  • Pankaj Kaushik

    Brahman are the first animal friends.


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