March 2013 saw the European Union pass a full ban on the sale of any and all cosmetic products that had been tested on animals. This was the result of over a decade’s work from alternatives organizations and governments in cooperation with cosmetics companies to prevent the distribution of unregulated and unethical products. This highlights an occasions where the shift away from animal experimentation has occurred in industry and not exclusively in research or academia. A full ban is a significant milestone and should provide a blueprint for further similar regulations in other industries.

For more information visit the European Commission’s webpage.