EU Health Commissioner Designate Receives Endorsements from ECEAE and HSI, and Criticism from the Personal Care Trade Association
Earlier this month prospective EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg expressed his support for the current March 2013 deadlines on animal testing put in place by the European Cosmetics Directive. "The ECEAE agrees with Mr. Borg's comments that industry would not find alternative means of testing if the marketing ban is not implemented as 'necessity is the mother of invention", it says in a statement. Likewise, HSI's senior EU policy adviser, Emily McIvor, agreed. "Tonio Borg's stated aim of overseeing full implementation of the 11 March 2013 ban represents a huge step forward..." Read more about ECEAE and HSI backing of Tonio Borg.
In contrast, Cosmetics Europe has urged caution over Tonio Borg's comments saying it may 'jeopardize' progress and undermine EU leadership in global animal welfare. Organization president Fabio Franchina comments, "[Borg's] sweeping statements threaten to remove that impetus and undermine the EU's hard-won leadership in driving the development of alternatives to animal testing. Furthermore, it is completely incompatible with the EU's existing Innovation 2020 strategy." Read more about Cosmetic Europe's concerns with Borg's remarks.