Published: 06 May 2023  (Updated: 18 May 2023)

UK High Court Judicial Review on Home Office Animal Testing Policy


You may have seen recent reports about a recent UK High Court ruling on a judicial review of the Home Office’s policy on animal testing in the UK, brought by Cruelty Free International (CFI).  CTPA is disappointed by the media reporting of this Ruling which suggests that animal testing of cosmetic products may be allowed again.  This is absolutely not the case.   

Dr Emma Meredith, Director-General of CTPA says: “I am extremely disappointed by the media reports covering the recent High Court Ruling on animal testing, which suggest animal testing for cosmetic products and their ingredients could be resumed in the UK.  This is absolutely not the case.  Animal testing on cosmetic products has been banned in the UK since the late 90s and these strict bans remain in place and will continue to be a key part of the UK cosmetics law, whether or not a product makes a ‘not tested on animals’ or ‘cruelty-free' claim.” 

Read more about the UK High Court Ruling and why this does not override the important Cosmetics Regulation bans on animal testing in CTPA’s In The News article on thefactsabout.

The cosmetics industry is a global pioneer in research into alternative methods that do not use animals and is proud of its investment and success in developing alternatives to ensure human safety.  The cosmetics industry and CTPA work together with animal charities, academics, authorities and regulators globally to promote these methods internationally to work towards an end to animal testing in all sectors. 

Please also see a helpful explanation of the issue from the scientific organisation NC3Rs here.

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