UPDATE: As of August 8, 2018 The Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act Passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee and will now move to the full California Assembly!
Today, June 26, 2018 the State Assembly heard and voted on SB-1249 otherwise known as the California Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act. The Assembly Judiciary Committee affirmed the bill, which will now move to the Assembly Floor.
This Act prohibits the sale of any cosmetic newly tested on animals or containing ingredients tested on animals.
California has long been a trailblazer in supporting modern alternatives to animal tests. In 2000, California became the first state to make it unlawful to use animals for testing when an appropriate alternative method is available. In 2014, the California Legislature passed the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution insisting Congress to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics and to phase out marketing animal-tested cosmetics.
This year, California will take the lead in ensuring a cruelty-free cosmetics market for its citizens by barring any new ingredients or cosmetics that are tested on animals from the market.
So what does this mean?
SB-1249 prevents the sale of cosmetics NEWLY tested on animals. Also, will ban any product whose ingredients or any component or the final product has been tested on animals beginning January 1, 2020.
That means that companies may no longer test their new products on animals starting January 1, 2020. Past products and current products that were tested on animals will still be allowed to be on the market. It gives manufactures and retailers 2 years to become compliant.
If any business fails to comply with the law it will result in an initial fine of $5,000 and an additional fee of $1,000 a day for the duration of the violation until the business is in compliance.
Where animal testing was done as a requirement of the Federal Drug Administration or Department of Toxic Substance Control and there is no alternative method to evaluate a substantiated and serious specific human health problem associated with the cosmetic or component thereof that is in wide use and cannot be replaced with another cosmetic or component thereof capable of performing a similar function.
Where animal testing is conducted to comply with a formal requirement of a foreign regulatory authority and where such foreign regulatory authority requirements were in place prior to January 1, 2020. This exception shall sunset on January 1, 2023.
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