EU Court Decision Undermines Animal Testing Bans for Cosmetics

The European Court of Justice issued a ruling compelling German cosmetics manufacturer Symrise AG to conduct animal testing on sunscreen ingredients. The ruling prioritizes the testing requirements outlined in the EU’s main chemicals legislation, REACH, over the longstanding bans on animal testing for cosmetics in the European Union and the United Kingdom. Animal protection organization Cruelty Free International (CFI) condemns the decision, asserting that the bans were introduced before REACH and should take precedence. The testing requirements may involve over 5,500 animals.