“California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act” Signed into Law

Banning animal testing on cosmetics and their ingredients effective January 2020

Posted on: October 2, 2018

California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics ActBy Stacie Abraham

The “California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act”, Senate Bill 1249, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday September 28. Introduced to the legislature in February 2018, the Bill was endorsed by 100 cosmetics companies.

Under SB 1249 it is unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to import, sell, or offer for sale any cosmetic in California if the final product or any ingredient in the product was tested on animals after January 1, 2020. There are some exceptions if certain regulatory requirements apply. Of importance is that “manufacturer” is defined as any person whose name appears on the label of the product. A violation incurs a fine of $5000 and an additional $1000 for each day that the violation continues. Furthermore, cosmetic inventory in violation may only be sold in California for a period of 180 days thereafter.

In this momentous step, California is at the forefront of such regulation in the U.S., and joins the European Union, Guatemala, India, Israel, Switzerland, and other regions that have banned animal testing on cosmetics. The law is yet another outcome of the broad initiatives to reduce, refine, and replace animal test methods with suitable non-animal methodologies. It will affect the sale of cosmetics across the U.S., as manufacturers would be hard-pressed to create different cosmetic formulations for sale in different states.

As a cosmetic manufacturer, are you aware of how this new law will impact you? Are you armed and prepared to comply and yet maintain your business?

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