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Breaking Move: India Bans Import of Animal-tested Cosmetics

From November 13 2014, the import of animal-tested cosmetics will be officially banned, according to the notification in the Gazette of India announced by Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.  The new announcement assures that cosmetics marketed in India will no longer be associated with animal suffering and makes India the first cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia.

From November 13 2014, the import of animal-tested cosmetics will be officially banned, according to the notification in the Gazette of India announced by Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The notification states, “Prohibition of import of cosmetics tested on animals. - No cosmetic that has been tested on animals after the commencement of Drugs and Cosmetics (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2014 shall be imported into the country”. The announcement comes just a few months after India banned domestic animal testing of cosmetics. The new announcement assures that cosmetics marketed in India will no longer be associated with animal suffering and makes India the first cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia.

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