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The banning of cosmetics animal testing was introduced in the Mexican legal framework through the Decree amending certain provisions of the General Health Law, published on October 14, 2021 in the Federal Official Gazette (the “Decree”).

The following highlights the amendments:

  1. The Decree enters into force on October 15, 2021.
  2. The security and efficacy studies of cosmetics and its ingredients cannot include animal testing.
  • It is forbidden the manufacturing, importation and selling of cosmetics which include animal testing in their formulations or with ingredients which were animal tested. Products that do not observe this restriction, will be seized by the health authority.
  • The label of cosmetics may indicate that they were manufactured without being animal tested.
  • Anyone performing cosmetics’ animal testing as well as anyone engaging in or participating in such testing, will be fined and subject to a criminal liability subject to imprisonment from 2 to 7 years.
  • Manufacturers of cosmetics have a 2-year deadline from October 14, 2021, to substitute any animal testing for alternative methods to evaluate the security and efficacy of cosmetics.

Additional amendments to the Mexican legal framework should be expected in the next 180 days, including amendments to the Mexican official standard NOM-141-SSA1/SCFI that regulates the labelling of cosmetics, the Regulation for Sanitary Control of Products and Services, the General Health Law Regulation on Advertising, among others.

If you need additional regarding the contents of this Alert or if you need legal advisory on the regulatory framework applicable to cosmetics, please contact the following person:

Luis López Linaldi – Partner

Phone: +52 55 50015409