For decades, animal welfare advocates have been working to end the testing of makeup and personal care products on animals. See how far we've come and how you can help support the Be Cruelty-Free campaign, our global effort to end cosmetic cruelty.

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2017

December: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil bans cosmetic animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics.

December: South Africa introduces legislation to ban cosmetic animal testing the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.

October: OECD approves new alternative test methods for ocular toxicity and skin allergy.

June: The Humane Cosmetics Act (HSA) is reintroduced in the U.S.

February: Guatemala becomes first country in the Americas to ban cosmetic animal testing.

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2016

December: Switzerland passes an ordinance to ban the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics (effective May 2017).

October: Taiwan bans cosmetic animal testing for finished products and ingredients (effective 2019).

July: OECD approves a new alternative test method for skin allergy.

June: Australia’s federal government announces its commitment to ban the production and sale of animal-tested cosmetics by July, 2017.

March: The Swiss government announces it will take measures to ban the sale of cosmetics containing ingredients newly tested on animals.

February: The Ethical Cosmetics Bill to end the production and sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients is introduced in the Australian House.

November: India bans the import of newly animal-tested cosmetics.

2015

OECD approves additional non-animal alternative tests for eye and skin irritation as well as tests for skin allergy.

December: South Korea passes law to partially ban the manufacture and sale of newly animal-tested cosmetic products and ingredients where government-recognized, non-animal alternatives exist.

December: The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act is reintroduced in Canada.

September: Russia introduces bill to phase out the production and sale of animal-tested cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients where validated alternatives exist.

September: Brazilian Senator proposes amendments to cosmetics bill to include a ban on animal-tested ingredients and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics.

July: Turkey bans cosmetic animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetic products and ingredients where a validated alternative exists, effective January 2016.

June: The Humane Cosmetics Act is reintroduced in the U.S.

June: Canada introduces the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act to ban cosmetic animal testing and the sale of newly animal tested ingredients.

April: Taiwan introduces legislation to ban cosmetic animal testing and the sale of newly animal tested ingredients.

March: New Zealand bans cosmetic animal testing for finished products and ingredients intended exclusively for use in cosmetics.

March: South Korea introduces legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of some newly animal-tested cosmetics where government-recognized, non-animal alternatives exist.

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2014

November: India bans the import of newly animal-tested cosmetics.

June: China implements a rule to remove mandatory animal testing for non-special use cosmetics manufactured within China.

May: India bans cosmetic animal testing.

March: The End Cruel Cosmetics bill to end the production and sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients is introduced in the Australian Senate.

March: The Humane Cosmetics Act legislation to prohibit cosmetic animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics, is introduced in the U.S.

January: São Paulo, Brazil, bans cosmetic animal testing.

2013

March: Norway bans cosmetic animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics.

March: The full EU ban on the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics takes effect.

January: Israel implements a prohibition on the sale of all cosmetics that have been newly tested on animals.

2000-2012

2012: OECD approves another alternative for ocular toxicity.

2011: The EU ban on animal testing of cosmetic ingredients and sale of cosmetic products and ingredients newly tested on animals goes into effect for all but a few test areas.

2010: Israel passes a law to phase out the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.

2010: OECD approves a non-animal alternative test for dermal irritation.

2009: OECD approves non-animal alternative tests for ocular toxicity.

2008: New York passes a law requiring companies to use alternatives validated by ICCVAM.

2007: New Jersey passes a law requiring companies to use alternatives validated by ICCVAM.

2007: Israel bans the use of animals to test cosmetics.

2006: OECD approves another non-animal alternative test for dermal corrosivity.

2005: The Japanese Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods (JaCVAM) is established.

2004: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) approves non-animal alternative tests for dermal absorption, dermal corrosivity and dermal phototoxicity.

2004: The European Union passes a law phasing out the production and sale of animal-tested cosmetics.

2000: California becomes the first state to pass a law requiring companies to use alternatives validated by ICCVAM.

2000: Interagency Coordination Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) Authorization Act is signed. This law established a coordinated effort by United States agencies to evaluate and adopt alternative test methods.

1980-1999

1998: The United Kingdom bans animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients.

1996: Animal protection groups band together to form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics. The coalition manages the Leaping Bunny cruelty-free certification program in the United States and Canada.

1991: The European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods is established to oversee the development and acceptance of alternative test methods that reduce, refine and replace animals.

1980: Advocate Henry Spira wages a successful campaign to get cosmetics company Revlon to stop using the Draize test.

1938-1979

1944: Draize eye and skin irritancy tests are developed. Considered for decades to be the gold standard for cosmetic safety assessments, these tests cause immense animal suffering.

1938: The United States Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act is signed into law, requiring some safety substantiation of cosmetic products compelling companies to begin testing their products on animals.