Cruelty Free International
has welcomed the ASEAN Heads of Delegation
consideration of its proposal to upgrade the ASEAN Cosmetics Directive to match the current European Union Directive which bans animal testing for cosmetics.
The meeting, to take place at the ASEAN Cosmetics Committee meeting from November 25 to 27 in Malaysia
, follows the recent success of Cruelty Free International in China and Russia, after both countries opened the door to non-animal testing for cosmetics.
Traditionally, ASEAN has promoted free trade by matching the EU cosmetics regulations very closely, so harmonising with the latest EU revision would be a natural progression. The only country in ASEAN known to do official animal testing, Vietnam, has agreed a programme financed by Cruelty Free International to replace them in 2014 with modern non-animal alternatives. Vietnam is supporting the move towards ending animal testing at the ASEAN talks. India banned animal testing for cosmetics earlier this year.
Michelle Thew, Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, commented,
"We welcome the interest that ASEAN is showing and hope the Heads of Delegation will agree to move towards an end to these antiquated testing methods, enabling industry in both ASEAN and the EU to continue to work on the basis of common legislation.'
Together with The Body Shop, Cruelty Free International gathered one million signatures which, in October, were delivered to ASEAN to further encourage their efforts to ban animal testing for cosmetics in the region.