Kayla has done a fabulous job breaking down the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. We are starting at the end of the bill and working our way to the beginning. Here is the post that breaks down SEC 624. Animal Testing Alternatives.
KEY: All Plain Text is directly from H.R. 2359 as it is written and Green is my commentary.
‘‘SEC. 624. ANIMAL TESTING ALTERNATIVES.
‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—To minimize the use of animal testing of ingredients and cosmetics, the Secretary shall—
‘‘(1) require, where practicable, alternative testing methods that—
‘‘(A) do not involve the use of an animal to test the chemical substance;
‘‘(B) provide information that is equivalent or superior in scientific quality to the animal testing method; and
‘‘(C) use fewer animals than conventional animal-based tests when nonanimal methods are impracticable, including the use of tests that combine multiple endpoints; and
‘‘(2) encourage, where practicable—
‘‘(A) estimation of toxicological properties of a chemical through the use of testing information for 1 or more structurally similar chemicals where such estimates provide information of sufficient scientific quality;
‘‘(B) the formation of industry consortia to conduct testing to avoid duplication of tests; and
‘‘(C) funding for research and validation of alternative test methods, in accordance with this subsection.
Watch out bunnies, here comes the truth! The EU made this very same promise many years ago. Don’t hold your breath bunnies because you’re going to need it to gather up your buddies and run for the hills if this bill passes. The EU has already made this promise and failed to fulfill it and now the sponsors of this bill are ready to make another empty promise.
‘‘(b) LIST OF ALTERNATIVE TESTING METHODS.—
Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this subchapter, and triennially thereafter, the Secretary shall publish a list of the alternative testing methods described in subsection (a).
I can’t wait to see what magic testing methods the Secretary discovers in one year after the EU has failed to do some in multiple years. I’m all in favor of alternative testing methods. I don’t think force feeding and injecting animals with ingredients that are designed for topical application is effective. I am not in favor of animal testing for the animals or for the results that the methods get.