The Union health ministry has issued the draft rules to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules to prohibit the testing of cosmetics on animals, in line with the demand from various quarters and also in accordance with the recommendations by the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB).
The Ministry has issued the notification with the draft rules that would be made into effect after examining responses from the stakeholders and interested parties within the stipulated 45 days after the publishing of the draft rules.
“These rules may be called the Drugs and Cosmetics (first amendment) Rules, 2014,” said the notification which sought to insert a new provision in the Drugs and Cosmetics (D&C) Rules, 1945, after the rule 148-B. According to the notification, Rule 148-C will read as “prohibition of testing of cosmetics on animals: No person shall use any animal for testing of cosmetics.”
“After consultation with the DTAB, it is hereby published for the information of all persons likely to be affected thereby, and the notice is given that the said draft rules shall be taken into consideration on or after the expiry of a period of 45 days,” the notification said, inviting objections and suggestions.
The call for banning use of animal for cosmetic test was first made by activist leader Maneka Gandhi, MP. The Bureau of Indian Standards, which prepare standards for cosmetics, in the meeting of the Cosmetics Sectional Committee involving DCGI, hence decided to amend the Indian standards (IS 4011:1997-Method of Test for Safety Evaluation of Cosmetics).
The European Union had in 2009 initiated measures for banning marketing of cosmetics tested on animals. In March, 2013 EU has imposed prohibition of the marketing of the cosmetics and their ingredients which have been tested on animals irrespective of the fact that whether alternate method in place of toxicity study to prove the safety of the cosmetic products is in place or not. However, other countries of the world including USA, Australia, Japan etc. has not yet made such provision which prohibits the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals.