9th December 2015
South Korea cosmetics animal testing ban in final stages
South Korean ban on animal testing for cosmetics gets fast-tracked
The Korea National Assembly has agreed to pass a law which will lead to an almost complete ban on companies testing cosmetics and ingredients on animals by 2018. It comes two years sooner than was originally planned.
The Bill was proposed by Rep. Jeong-Lim Moon. It follows two years of work by Cruelty Free International with Representative Moon, other members of the Korean government and the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. The Bill adds to existing bans in the European Union, India and New Zealand and good progress being made on animal testing requirements in the USA, China and Brazil.
Cruelty Free International Director of Policy Dr Nick Palmer began discussions with the Korean National Assembly starting the process two years ago. He said: “This is excellent news, with another country joining the growing list of nations that no longer see animal experiments as worthwhile for cosmetics. We are delighted to have been able to help bring this about.”