To begin, the ban on animal testing doesn’t just apply to finished cosmetics products, but also to the raw materials used – if they are exclusively used for cosmetics! As the safety of all ingredients has to be ensured in accordance with the chemical policy regulations, the cosmetics industry uses alternative testing methods instead of animal tests. If these alternative methods cannot prove that an ingredient is safe, it will not be used. But you should know that many raw materials are also used in pharmaceuticals, for example. As medicine is particularly important, the legislation is totally different here. In this case, ingredients are tested on animals if no other approved alternative methods are available. Although these tests are not conducted for the cosmetics industry, they do sometimes apply to ingredients that may later be used in the production of cosmetics.