Publication date
09 March 18

The Australian government is committed to banning the use of animals for cosmetic testing. The Commonwealth Department of Health is managing the implementation of this ban with the assistance of NHMRC.

To implement the ban, we are developing amendments to the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (2013) (the Code).

The process will include public consultation on any proposed amendments to the Code.

In Australia, the state and territory governments have regulatory responsibility for animal welfare, including the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. While the Code is adopted into legislation in all states and territories, enforcement of any ban on the use of animals for cosmetic testing would be a matter for the state and territory governments and they would need to amend their existing animal welfare legislation.

NHMRC does not fund cosmetic testing.

Further information

Enquiries

For further information, please contact ethics@nhmrc.gov.au.