Brazilian manufacturers of personal hygiene products, perfumes and cosmetics, represented by ABIHPEC (Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Higiene Pessoal, Perfumaria e Cosméticos) and Humane Society International (HSI), an animal rights group , reached an agreement to work together to pass a federal law that would ban animal testing of cosmetics in Brazil.
Both organizations are now seeking public support to lobby for the amendment and vote, based on consensus, of a House of Representatives bill (PLC 70) debate in the Federal Senate since 2014.
“This vote will align the legal requirements for animal testing with the needs of industry and the demands of consumers and society in general.“, explains the ABIHPEC.
Several bans on animal testing for cosmetics are already in effect in 12 Brazilian states and in the Federal District. According to the ABIHPEC, this situation is a source of legal uncertainty for this sector, whereas robust federal legislation would make it possible to harmonize the requirements throughout the territory.
“With this law, Brazil – which accounts for around 50% of the personal hygiene, perfumery and cosmetics market in Latin America – will join a growing number of countries that have already passed similar laws.“, underlines the association. professional.
The original PLC 70/14 has been adapted so that the current formulation reflects the technological advancements that have taken place since 2014, as well as international best practices.
These practices involve:
A ban on the marketing in the country of cosmetics and ingredients intended for the exclusive use of this sector when they have been tested on animals;
A definition of criteria allowing the use for other purposes of the data resulting from tests carried out on animals;
The two organizations are therefore asking members of Congress, as well as the federal government, to support the text during its discussion, so that a federal law is passed quickly.