The National Council for the Control of Animal Experimentation, an agency linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, published this Wednesday (1st) Resolution No. 58, which prohibits the use of vertebrate animals in scientific research and in the development of personal care products, cosmetics and perfumes that use scientifically proven safety and efficacy ingredients in their formulations.
The measure of the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) takes effect immediately. According to the resolution, the use of alternative methods recognized by the National Council for the Control of Animal Experimentation is mandatory in cases where the benefit of using the compounds used has not been scientifically proven. The body points out, however, that regulatory competence rests with other entities and public bodies.
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The prohibition of experiments with animals is an old demand from organizations that fight for the protection of animal rights. The use of these animals in testing cosmetics and personal care products was banned in Europe in 2013, and the decision was followed by other countries. Now, Brazil joins this group.
In December, the Senate approved the project (PLC 70/2014), which deals with the issue and prohibits the use of animals in research and testing for the production of cosmetics. As the text was changed in the Senate, it returned to the Chamber of Deputies for further analysis. If approved, the Lula government’s measure will become law.
Editing: Vivian Virissimo
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