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Doesn’t the European REACh legislation mean that you are now using ingredients that have been tested on animals?

REACh legislation applies to all chemicals used in Europe. It is not specific to cosmetic ingredients. The aim of REACh is to improve the protection for human health and the environment from risks from chemicals and to ensure all producers of chemicals provide evidence of this. Unfortunately some of this evidence that all chemicals in Europe are safe for both users and the environment will be generated through animal tests and therefore, if those chemicals are also used in cosmetics then sadly at some stage, they will have been tested on animals.

The Body Shop is Leaping Bunny certified. The Leaping Bunny certification is the only internationally-recognised scheme that enables consumers to easily identify and purchase cosmetic and toiletry products that have not been tested on animals. It is the only scheme that requires each company to be open to an independent audit throughout the supply chain, to ensure that they adhere to their animal testing policy and the Leaping Bunny strict criteria.

Under the Leaping Bunny programme, companies cannot use ingredients that have been tested for any purpose (including REACh) if the testing was after the company’s fixed cut-off date and the ingredient is used predominantly in cosmetics

Cruelty Free International is the leading organisation working to stop animal testing under REACh. Its experts were involved in the negotiations during the creation of REACh and wee able to make sure that companies share their testing data, avoid duplication of animal tests and that animal testing should be a ‘ast resort’. It continues to monitor and challenge the need for new animal tests under REACh and pushes for greater efforts to promote alternative methods. Cruelty Free International estimates that its interventions have already saved millions of animals. For more information visit

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