Animal Testing

Cosmetics and personal care products companies are committed to eliminating animal testing whenever possible, while also ensuring the safety of the products consumers trust and rely on every day. The beauty industry supports the goal of globally ending the use of cosmetics animal testing and furthering the use of validated alternative methods to determine product safety.

PCPC member companies have not tested their products on animals since the mid-1980s, only doing so now when required by government regulation. Working with regulators, scientists and safety experts — and through collaborations with institutional, academic and private sector partnerships — industry has been promoting alternative non-animal methods for more than 40 years.

While much has been achieved to end the use of animals in research, not all global regulators and authorities currently accept (or make the broadest use of) the alternatives currently available. PCPC is working closely with government agencies and organizations to advance policies to help eliminate animal testing for cosmetics. At the federal level, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and PCPC worked together to reach a historic agreement on legislative language resulting in the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would ensure a uniform standard for animal welfare. At the state level, PCPC and Cruelty Free International collaborated on a compromise agreement on animal testing legislation, now pending in several states.

The beauty industry remains firmly committed to continuing research and working closely with the global scientific community until validated non-animal alternatives are available to answer all relevant safety questions and meet the needs of government regulators around the world. In an effort to harmonize and encourage global adoption of alternative methods for safety assessments, PCPC works closely with the International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR) and International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM).

For additional information, visit PCPC’s science and safety website,