Animal Testing Policy
At Jurlique, we have always believed passionately in providing our consumers with highly effective, potent skin care products, developed with respect for our environment and without the use of animal testing.
We adhere to the strict requirements of the European Cosmetics Directive (76/768 ECC) and the European Commission Regulation (1223/2009), which prohibits the commissioning and testing on animals, of products and ingredients, for the purpose of developing new cosmetic products. Our skin care products are tested on consenting human volunteers by means of a “Cumulative Irritation Test” which determines the irritation and/or sensitisation potential of a product after repeated application to the skin of human subjects.
We do not test our cosmetic and therapeutic products on animals as part of our product development process, we do not outsource this activity to any third parties, nor have we ever included animal testing in our product development process in the past. We work closely with our ingredient vendors to ensure they are aware of our company values and policies. Our core principles and values regarding animal testing have not changed with Jurlique’s recent change in ownership. We remain highly committed to our existing policy of not using animal testing in the development of our products. We continue to adhere to the strict requirements of global cosmetic regulations regarding animal testing, with utmost respect for our customers and environment.
Additional information relating to local market laws
We are opposed to the use of animals in cosmetic testing and strive to ensure that Jurlique cosmetics are not tested on animals. However, in certain limited circumstances, local laws and regulations require animal testing for cosmetic products to demonstrate consumer safety as part of the product registration process. This is a legal requirement applicable to all cosmetic and therapeutic materials without exception, and is not specific to, not requested by, Jurlique.
Specifically, as part of the cosmetic product registration process in China, animal testing is required for all beauty companies whose products are sold in that country. The process involves samples sent to a third party laboratory where toxicological tests are carried out on animals. This process is required by the Chinese regulatory authority to generate a safety profile of all cosmetic products to ensure that products on the Chinese market do not pose risk to the consumer. This testing is only carried out during the product registration stage: we do not conduct animal testing in the development of our products and no further testing is required once the Chinese regulatory authority has approved the product for sale in China.
China’s State Food and Drug Administration, or SFDA, has recently released a draft proposal approving the use of alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics. Considerable research has already been undertaken over the past 12 months into non-animal testing alternatives. At Jurlique, we will be working closely with our Chinese agent to ensure that these alternative testing methods are utilized for our products as soon as they are approved. We are in complete support of the proposed plan and are eager to see China amend its laws to ensure alternative methods are available to completely replace animal testing for product registration.