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Honesty Cosmetics Policy Statement
HONESTY COSMETICS POLICY STATEMENT
Animal Aid's own-brand toiletries are made by Honesty Cosmetics. Honesty is subject to a strict non-animal testing policy, with a 1976 Fixed Cut-off Date (FCOD), so ingredients have not been tested since that date. Honesty's policy statement is as follows:
10 Important Principles
Honesty products have been formulated with a number of principles in mind:
1976 Fixed Cut-Off Date
The issue of animal testing is complicated by the fact that virtually all substances have at some stage been tested. Honesty operates a Fixed Cut-Off date policy of 1976, i.e. we use no new innovative ingredients developed after 1976.
This was the beginning of the regulation of cosmetics ingredients in the European Union, since when new innovative ingredients have been required by law to be tested on animals.
There are no laws that require finished products to be tested on animals. Tests relating to new innovative ingredients account for over 80% of animals used for testing in any given year.
There are currently no alternatives to animal testing acceptable to regulatory authorities. In order not to perpetuate animal testing, Honesty has decided to make this ethical stance. Although we realise the fixed Cut-Off date is not 100% perfect, we feel no other policy achieves so much.
Cosmetics Industry Coalition for Animal Welfare
Honesty was a joint founder member of CICAW (The Cosmetics Industry Coalition for Animal Welfare), which was launched by four cosmetics companies to highlight misleading labeling claims concerning animal testing, and campaign for a real cessation of animal testing. Although CICAW is no longer in existance, Honesty Cosmetics continues to maintain its principles. In addition, many of CICAW's aims have been incorporated into the Humane Cosmetics Standard and the products endorsement policy used by Naturewatch.
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