Ban Cosmetic Testing on Animals Implementation Advisory Group

This page contains information on the Ban Cosmetic Testing on Animals Implementation Advisory Group.

Page last updated: 01 July 2020

Australia is implementing a ban on cosmetic testing on animals (the ban). The ban commenced on 1 July 2020 along with the the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019. It means new cosmetic ingredients manufactured in, or imported into Australia will not be able to use information from animal testing to prove safety.

A stakeholder advisory group comprising representatives from the cosmetics industry, animal welfare organisations, researchers and Government, is supporting the roll-out of the ban.

The Ban Cosmetic Testing on Animals Implementation Advisory Group will meet three times over a 12-month period. The group will provide expert guidance and feedback to the Department of Health about non-legislative components of the ban’s implementation.

Member organisations

The Department of Health chairs the Ban Cosmetic Testing on Animals Implementation Advisory Group. There are seven stakeholder members:

  • Accord Australasia
  • Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • Humane Society International
  • Office of Chemical Safety (Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme)
  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • RSPCA Australia.

Meeting themes

The group will meet at key points throughout the ban’s implementation.

May 2020 meeting

The first Ban Cosmetic Testing on Animals Implementation Advisory Group was held on 6 May 2020. The meeting discussed preparations for the ban’s commencement. This included plans for:

  • Communicating about the ban and the commencement of the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme.
  • Developing a Voluntary Industry Code for the cosmetics industry in relation to promotional claims about animal testing.

The meeting also considered alternatives to animal testing to demonstrate chemical safety, in the context of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Information paper: The implementation of the 3Rs in Australia.