Since 2013-03-11, a new cosmetics directive intends a ban on selling cosmetics products raw substances tested at animals.
Unfortunately, the subject of cosmetics and animal experiments has not become obsolete thereby because this directive applies only to raw substances used exclusively for cosmetics.
Many raw substances used in cosmetics are also used in other fields, say, in colour sprays or as a moisturising agent in cleansing products for the household. All these substances must be tested at animals according to applying EU chemicals legislation.
Likewise, active substances are not covered by this directive if they are also used in some form of drug.
Moreover, there may be exceptions, for example, when there is serious concern regarding the safety of cosmetic raw substances and these apparently cannot be treated with a test method that would not involve animals.
Generally, cosmetics without animal testing will be available only when chemicals are no longer tested in animal experiments in general.
This is also the reason why, for cosmetics, the plain advertising statement 'without animal experiments' is an offence against the competition law: No manufacturer can guarantee that no ingredients used have been tested at animals for other purposes or in the past.
Being the manufacturer of Belico Cosmetic preparations, we can also only guarantee that we have not carried out any animal experiments on the final products or for the individual ingredients of Belico preparations, nor have we commissioned any other company. Neither in the EU nor outside the EU. This is documented by the statement that
Belico preparations are not tested on animals.