Unanimous Mexico bans animal testing for cosmetics


Today, Thursday, September 2, the Mexican Senate unanimously approved the draft decree banning the use of animals in the testing of cosmetic products.

With 103 votes for, zero against and zero abstentions, the legislators of all political parties in the Senate of the Republic unified the criteria for approving the opinion on the reform of the general health law so that any type of Experimentation or experimentation with cosmetic products on animals is expressly prohibited.

Mexico is promoting a global animal defense program, as several laboratories that produce shampoos, soaps, rejuvenating creams, skin lighteners and makeup first test their products on animals, causing them to suffer pain. cause of tests and poor living conditions.

Olga Sánchez Cordero, the new president of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Senators, indicated that the approved opinion will be handed over to the federal executive power for ratification and publication in the Official Journal of the Federation (DOF) so that it can be reform can become law.

The document, referred to the Senate, establishes that cosmetic research cannot include animal testing of cosmetic ingredients, finished cosmetic products, or their ingredients or mixture.

In addition, with a view to completely inhibiting this practice, it will also not be possible to manufacture, import or market cosmetic products when their final formulation is tested on animals, and when they contain ingredients or combinations thereof which are or have been tested on animals.

Likewise, to encourage responsible consumption and guarantee the consumer’s right to information, the labeling of cosmetic products on the market may indicate that no test has been carried out on animals during their manufacture.

Anyone who initiates, authorizes, conducts, participates in or develops cosmetic tests on animals will be punished with a sentence of two to seven years in prison and a fine equivalent to 200 to 2000 times the value of the Unit of Measure of Update (UMA).

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In addition, it requires a period of 180 days to enact the legal provisions necessary for the application of the decree and emphasizes that the Ministry of Health (SSa), for the sake of its budgetary availability, will encourage and provide facilities for research. national initiative aimed at developing alternative models to the use of animal tests, validated by the international scientific community.

Finally, a period of two years is foreseen from the promulgation of legal provisions so that manufacturers can substitute cosmetic tests on animals with alternative methods for evaluating the safety and efficacy of cosmetic products.

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