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Guidance Document: Animal Testing Ban on Cosmetics
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Guidance Document: Animal Testing Ban on Cosmetics
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Health Canada
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Official Guidance Document - Animal Testing Ban on Cosmetics

This document is a guide to inform the cosmetics industry about the new ban on cosmetic testing on animals in Canada set out in the Food and Drugs Act. In addition, this guide communicates Health Canada's interpretation of the new requirements in the Food and Drugs Act that were introduced through the Budget Implementation Act, 2023, No. 1 and received Royal Assent on June 22, 2023. The legislation comes into force on December 22, 2023.


  • Introduction

  • Who this guide is for

  • 1.0 Background

  • 2.0 Prohibition on the conduct of cosmetic animal testing

    • 2.1 Explanation of the prohibition

  • 3.0 Prohibition on the sale of cosmetics relying on animal testing data

    • 3.1 Explanation of the prohibition

    • 3.2 Circumstances where the use of animal testing data is permitted

  • 4.0 Prohibition on false claims on labels and in advertising

    • 4.1 Explanation of the prohibition

    • 4.2 Examples of animal testing claims and how Health Canada would interpret them

  • 5.0 Supplying evidence upon request of the Minister

  • Appendix A: Illustrative examples

    • Example 1

    • Example 2

    • Example 3

    • Example 4

    • Example 5