Use of animal test data
Australia has now implemented a ban on the use of new animal test data for cosmetics. The legislative component of this ban is set out in the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019, which commenced on 1 July 2020. There are also restrictions on using new animal test data for chemicals with multiple end uses (including in cosmetics). There are some limited exceptions (which allow you to use animal test data).
Under our laws, new animal test data are any data obtained from tests conducted on a cephalopod or any live vertebrate animal (other than a human being) on or after 1 July 2020. For example, this includes data obtained from tests conducted on fish, but does not include data obtained from tests on daphnia. You can continue to use data obtained from tests conducted on animals prior to 1 July 2020.