Commission redoubles commitment to reduce animal testing in response to Citizens’ Initiative

The European Commission provided its mandatory response to a citizens’ petition this week urging faster action to reduce and ultimately eliminate animal testing within the cosmetics and chemical sectors. The Commission response indicates incoming legislative and non-legislative action items to be consolidated in an upcoming roadmap document.

Regulatory rundown of EU animal testing rules

Animals are protected as “sentient beings” in the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union. Article 13 requires the EU and member states to “pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals” during policy development addressing areas including research and technological development.

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