The Canadian government is looking to pass a new bill that would strictly prohibit cosmetic product testing on animals, and include a ban on the sale of products with the testing standards.  The bill has been around for a number of years but, has recently been put in front of the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

These are the main points of the bill:

“No cosmetic animal testing in Canada. Cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients could not be topically applied or administered internally to an animal for the purpose of evaluating safety or efficacy.”

“No evidence derived from animal testing. Evidence based on animal testing that was conducted after the Bill is in force could not be submitted or otherwise used to establish the safety of a cosmetic or a cosmetic ingredient.” 

“The Minister will have the discretion to authorize and approve animal testing. Approval would only be granted where there is no other alternative method available to evaluate possible human health problems associated with a cosmetic or an ingredient in a cosmetic. Public consultations would be necessary before the Minister would grant approval, so manufacturers are unlikely to obtain authorization easily.”

“The Bill, via its regulations, would allow the government to treat certain drugs (e.g. sunscreens and oral care products) as cosmetics. Such a classification would contribute to blurring the line between cosmetics, drugs and natural health products, and be complicated by parallel proposed amendments to these regulatory categories.”

While the bill must still pass through Senate and the House of Commons in order to become law, many Canadians are saying “wait, what, that is still a thing?” And, “what do you mean that isn’t against the law?”

Humane Society International estimates that as many as 100,000 to 200,000 animals suffer and die from cosmetic testing each year.