For information regarding how the Australian Government is implementing the ban on the use of animal test data for cosmetics visit the Department of Health website.
Animal Testing Logo Schemes
While every cosmetic in Australia is compliant with the legislation, there are logos that businesses choose to use to show that they have gone further and their existing products have not been tested on animals. The three most-recognised logos are:
False or Misleading Claims
Australian businesses must comply with strict laws against making false or misleading claims, including those related to animal testing claims, enforceable by the ACCC.
Voluntary Industry Code of Practice
Accord Australasia, Australia’s peak body of cosmetic manufacturers has developed a voluntary code of practice. The code provides guidance to industry on best practice for making accurate animal testing claims.
Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme
The ban is enforced on a manufacturing level by the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), which is the national regulator of the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia. For more information about the ban and AICIS visit www.industrialchemicals.gov.au
Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods
The Therapeutic Goods Administration regulates and maintains a database of products classed as therapeutic goods. Therapeutic goods include prescription medicines, vaccines, sunscreens, vitamins, minerals and more. Under the law products listed by the TGA are not considered cosmetics.