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BUAV has warmly welcomed the news that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BSI) is revising standard IS 4011, a move which could result in India moving towards a full ban on the use of animals for testing cosmetic products.
The news follows a meeting between Dr G N Singh who is the Drug Controller General of India and Indian MP Maneka Gandhi from People for Animals. After the meeting, Dr Singh said, “If other countries don’t allow it, we will also ban animal testing of cosmetics.”
A ban on the importing of animal-tested cosmetics into the European Union will come into force in March, so any Indian companies wishing to sell cosmetics in the EU will be unable to test them on animals. New Indian regulations for the registering of cosmetics products are due to come into force in April, which presents an opportunity to include the ban.
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