EU Council Directive 76/768 EEC (1997) - Australian Government


You will need to follow this directive if you intend to undertake cosmetic product or ingredient testing on animals.

The directive has four main objectives:

  • to prohibit in the community the testing of cosmetic products on animals
  • to prohibit in the community the testing of cosmetic ingredients on animals and the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals or containing ingredients tested on animals as soon as alternative testing methods have been validated by the Commission
  • to align the provisions of Directive 76/768/EEC with the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • to improve consumer information in relation to the use of cosmetic products.

The directive aims to promote the development of alternative testing methods, and ensuring that these methods are effectively used when they exist and that they are scientifically validated.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Health

National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)

Contact details

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Chemical Safety Group

Operating address: Level 7,
260 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills
New South Wales 2010
Mailing address: GPO BOX 58
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Toll Free: 1800 638 528
Phone: 02 8577 8800