Union Ministry of H&FW banned the import of animal tested cosmetics in India

The Union Ministry of H&FW on 14 October 2014 banned the import of animals tested cosmetics in India.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) on 14 October 2014 banned the import of animals tested cosmetics in India. Earlier, it banned cosmetic animal testing within the country.

The ban came in the form of Rule 135-B that states no cosmetic that has been tested on animals after the commencement of Drugs and Cosmetics (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2014 shall be imported into the country.  The ban will come into effect on 13 November 2014.

This amended Drugs and Cosmetics Rules imposing dual ban (test and import) has now put India in the league of European Union and Israel that had earlier imposed such ban long ago.

This significant development made India the first cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia.


Humane Society International (HSI) India’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign is celebrating a historic victory for animals as India banned the import of animal tested cosmetics.

It is Humane Society International India’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign that was instrumental in achieving this final import ban. In June 2014, HSI met with Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to present a petition of more than 70000 signatures supporting an import ban and apprised him of the cruel practice of testing for cosmetics on animals.

Be Cruelty Free campaign of HSI
Be Cruelty-Free is the campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics in India.

In many parts of the world, animals in laboratories are still suffering and dying to test cosmetics such as lipstick and shampoo. The chemicals are forced down into their throats, dripped into their eyes and onto their shaved skin. It is the ugly secret of the beauty industry that Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign is determined to end.

India’s dual test and import ban is the latest victory in a string of achievements for the Be Cruelty-Free campaign globally. Earlier in 2014, Be Cruelty-Free campaigners in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States all celebrated the introduction of bills proposing national cosmetic animal test bans.

Humane Society International (HSI)
Humane Society International is one of the only international animal protection organizations in the world working to protect all animals including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife.

HSI supports programs in many countries around the world and maintains offices in Australia, Brussels (Europe office), Canada, Costa Rica (Latin America office), India, the United Kingdom and the United States (The HSUS).

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