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New York Outlaws Animal Tests for Cosmetics Since 2023

New York becomes the 10th U.S. state that puts an end to cosmetic animal testing.

On December 15, 2022, the Governor of New York State signed a bill (A5653-B/S4839) prohibiting the manufacture and sale of cosmetics that involve new animal testing in the determination of their safety within the state. 1 The bill will take effect on January 1, 2023. Any violators will be fined up to $5,000, with an additional $1,000 for each day the violation continues.

Notably, the animal testing ban does not apply to cosmetics or ingredients tested on animals before this effective date.

Four Exceptions of the Ban

In addition, there are four exceptions to the ban, as shown below:

1) The animal testing is required by a federal or State regulatory authority and:

  • The ingredient subject to animal testing is in wide use, and there is no substitute; and

  • The ingredient is associated with a specific human health problem, and there is a research protocol to prove that animal testing is necessary; and

  • There is no non-animal test method or strategy accepted by a federal or state regulatory authority.

2) The animal testing is conducted outside of the U.S. to comply with foreign regulations, and the safety of such cosmetics can be independently verified by non-animal tests.

3) The animal testing is conducted on a product or ingredient subject to the requirements under 21 U.S. Code Subchapter V.

4) The animal testing is conducted for non-cosmetic purposes required by a federal, State, or foreign regulatory authority.

The U.S. States that Passed Animal Testing Ban on Cosmetics

New York now becomes the 10th U.S. state that has passed bans on animal testing for cosmetics, after similar laws were introduced in California, Nevada, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, Virginia, and Louisiana. If companies wish to sell in those states, they must already adopt non-animal test methods for their products and ingredients.


U.S. States

Approval Time of Animal Testing Ban



September 2018



June 2019



September 2019



March 2021



May 2021



June 2021



July 2021


New Jersey

November 2021



June 2022


New York

December 2022

Globally, over 40 countries and regions have banned animal testing on cosmetics, including the United Kingdom, India, Israel, Australia and the European Union. China also took a step forward in May 2021, exempting general cosmetics from mandatory animal testing. While not an outright ban, it is still a historic breakthrough.

Chemlinked will hold a webinar interpreting the latest global cosmetic animal testing regulations on January 17, 2023, to help companies better cope with the current animal testing regulations in China and of the rest of the world. Welcome to register here:


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