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In 2016, Switzerland implemented a ban on testing cosmetic products on animals, but only on foreign products.
This claim began when the European Union started banning animal testing on cosmetics after 2013. According to the European Union's website, the Cosmetics Regulation established a testing ban, which prohibits the marketing of "finished cosmetic products and ingredients in the EU which were tested on animals." Switzerland then announced in March of 2016 that they would " ban the marketing of cosmetics that have been tested on animals abroad." The ban took effect in December 2016 in Switzerland.
The claim that Switzerland banned animal tested cosmetics emerged after Cruelty Free International, an organization that is working to end animal experiments worldwide, shared an announcement that Switzerland had banned animal-tested cosmetics in 2016. Animal testing in the cosmetics industry is a topic that has gained a lot of attention in recent years, and some countries are working towards banning it completely. The European Union first issued a ban on testing cosmetics on animals in 2013, which affected all of the 28 member nations. After the EU enacted the full ban, other countries such as India , New Zealand , and South Korea followed suit between May 2014 and December 2015. Though many headlines claim the ban is on all cosmetic testing on animals, Switzerland's ban only applies to products that were tested abroad. An article that highlighted the relationship between Switzerland and the EU's ban on products involving animal testing claimed this was in response to the EU measures that are inspiring a "global trend," although there are still many major countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United States that have yet to follow the trend.