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2017/2922(RSP) Resolution on a global ban to end animal testing for cosmetics

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ENVI PIETIKÄINEN Sirpa (icon: PPE PPE), DALLI Miriam (icon: S&D S&D), GIRLING Julie (icon: ECR ECR), RIES Frédérique (icon: ALDE ALDE), ECK Stefan (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), AFFRONTE Marco (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), EVI Eleonora (icon: EFDD EFDD), GODDYN Sylvie (icon: ENF ENF)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 136-p5

Events

2018/09/21
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2018/05/03
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2018/05/03
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 620 votes to 14, with 18 abstentions, a resolution on a global ban to end animal testing for cosmetics.

According to the Special Eurobarometer 442 survey of March 2016, 89 % of EU citizens agree that the EU should do more to promote a greater awareness of the importance of animal welfare internationally and 90 % of EU citizens agree that it is important to establish high animal welfare standards that are recognised across the world.

Loopholes enable cosmetic products that have been tested on animals outside the EU to be placed on the EU market and the products to be re-tested in the EU using alternatives to animal testing, which is in breach of the spirit of the EU legislation.

Members noted that Europe has a thriving and innovative cosmetics sector that provides around two million jobs, and is the largest market for cosmetics products in the world. The EU ban on animal testing has not jeopardised the sector’s development.

Although Members observed that in Europe the degree of compliance with the testing and marketing bans in place is very high, a lack of complete and reliable documentation in the product information file with regard to cosmetics imported into the EU from third countries where animal testing is still required remains a serious issue that needs to be tackled as a matter of priority.

The EU’s landmark ban on animal testing for cosmetics sent a strong signal to the world about the value it attaches to animal protection and has successfully shown that the phasing-out of animal testing for cosmetics is possible. Regulatory authorities and companies are asked to set up a monitoring system open to regular, independent audits to ensure industry suppliers comply with a full ban .

The resolution recalled that the animal testing ban has led to increased research efforts to develop alternative testing methods, with effects going far beyond the cosmetics sector. Significant progress has also been made on the validation and regulatory acceptance of alternative methods . The Commission, the Council and the Member States are called on to make sufficient medium- to long-term funding available for the fast development, validation and introduction of alternative testing methods for the full replacement of animal testing for key toxicological endpoints such as carcinogenicity, reproduction toxicity and repeated dose toxicity.

On an international level , Members highlighted that despite some notable legislative advances around the world, around 80 % of the world’s countries still allow animal testing and the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals.

In this regard, Members called for the:

Cosmetics Regulation to be used as the model for the introduction at international level of a ban on animal testing for cosmetics and a ban on international trade in cosmetic ingredients and products tested on animals, to come into effect before 2023 ; EU institutions to guarantee a level playing field for all the products placed on the EU market and to make sure that none of them have been tested on animals in a third country; EU institutions and the Member States to include a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics as an item on the agenda of the next meeting of the UN General Assembly.

The Commission, the Council and the Member States are urged to:

use their diplomatic networks and act with determination in every possible bilateral and multilateral negotiating forum to build a strong and broad coalition in support of a global ban on animal testing in the cosmetics sector; facilitate, promote and support the conclusion of an international convention against the use of animals in cosmetics testing, within the UN framework; engage proactively with all stakeholders and facilitate dialogue on the benefits and merits of an international convention against animal testing for cosmetics; make sure that the EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics is not weakened by any ongoing trade negotiations, nor by World Trade Organisation rules.

Lastly, Members called on the Commission to exclude cosmetics tested on animals from the scope of any free trade agreements already in force or currently under negotiation.

Documents
2018/05/03
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2018/05/02
   EP - Oral question/interpellation by Parliament
Documents
2018/05/02
   EP - Oral question/interpellation by Parliament
Documents
2018/05/02
   EP - Motion for a resolution
Documents
2018/05/02
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2017/12/07
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2017/09/05
   EP - PIETIKÄINEN Sirpa (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2017/09/05
   EP - DALLI Miriam (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2017/09/05
   EP - GIRLING Julie (ECR) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2017/09/05
   EP - RIES Frédérique (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2017/09/05
   EP - ECK Stefan (GUE/NGL) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2017/09/05
   EP - AFFRONTE Marco (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2017/09/05
   EP - EVI Eleonora (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2017/09/05
   EP - GODDYN Sylvie (ENF) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI

Documents

  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2018)482
  • Results of vote in Parliament: Results of vote in Parliament
  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading: T8-0202/2018
  • Oral question/interpellation by Parliament: B8-0017/2018
  • Oral question/interpellation by Parliament: B8-0018/2018
  • Motion for a resolution: B8-0217/2018
  • Debate in Parliament: Debate in Parliament
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE615.364
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE615.364
  • Oral question/interpellation by Parliament: B8-0017/2018
  • Oral question/interpellation by Parliament: B8-0018/2018
  • Motion for a resolution: B8-0217/2018
  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2018)482

Activities

Votes

B8-0217/2018 - résolution 03/05/2018 11:47:31.000

2018/05/03 Outcome: +: 620, 0: 18, -: 14
DE FR IT ES PL GB RO NL BE SE PT BG CZ HU AT EL SK FI LT DK HR IE SI LU LV CY EE MT ??
Total
86
63
58
45
48
59
28
24
20
18
18
16
18
16
16
17
13
12
11
10
9
8
8
6
6
6
5
5
1
icon: PPE PPE
192

United Kingdom PPE

For (1)

1

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

3

Latvia PPE

2

Cyprus PPE

1

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
159

Netherlands S&D

3

Czechia S&D

3
3

Denmark S&D

2

Croatia S&D

2

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

1

Cyprus S&D

2

Malta S&D

2
icon: ALDE ALDE
61

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Romania ALDE

For (1)

1

Portugal ALDE

1

Bulgaria ALDE

3

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Denmark ALDE

2

Croatia ALDE

2

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Estonia ALDE

3
icon: ECR ECR
63

Italy ECR

2

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

2

Czechia ECR

2
2

Lithuania ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Denmark ECR

2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

Cyprus ECR

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
51

Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Hungary Verts/ALE

1

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
41

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Czechia GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

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Denmark GUE/NGL

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Ireland GUE/NGL

3

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: ENF ENF
30

Germany ENF

For (1)

1

Poland ENF

2

Netherlands ENF

3

Belgium ENF

For (1)

1

Austria ENF

Abstain (1)

4
icon: EFDD EFDD
36

Poland EFDD

1

Sweden EFDD

2

Czechia EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: NI NI
17

Germany NI

1

France NI

For (1)

1

United Kingdom NI

Against (1)

3

Hungary NI

2

Denmark NI

1

NI

For (1)

1
AmendmentsDossier
63 2017/2922(RSP)
2017/12/07 ENVI 63 amendments...
source: 615.364

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