Australia Officially Passes Legislation Banning Animal Testing of Cosmetics



Takehome: Passage of the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 marks a significant milestone in the fight against animal testing in Australia.

On 18 February 2019, both houses of Australia’s parliament finally passed the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017, nineteen months after it was first introduced in June 2017. The Bill was mainly designed to establish a new regulatory scheme—AICIS (short for “Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme”) to replace the existing NICNAS scheme for the management on the introduction of industrial chemicals, but also encompasses provisions to prohibit reliance on animal testing data for supporting the introduction of chemicals intended solely for use as cosmetic ingredients.

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