Animal Experiments

Home Department written question – answered on 28th March 2011.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bristol East of 31 January 2011, Official Report, columns 646-47W, on animal experiments, when she expects to make an announcement on the date for a ban on the testing of household products on animals; to which ingredients used in household products the ban will extend; and what definition of the term household product her Department uses.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Government Equalities Office)

There is no authoritative definition of "household product" in UK or European legislation. For the purposes of the proposed prohibition on testing of such products on animals we plan to apply the definition of "substances used in the household" used for reporting purposes in the Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals published annually. This includes all products that are primarily intended for use in the home, including detergents and other laundry products, household cleaners, air-fresheners, toilet blocks, polishes, paper products such as infant nappies, paints, glues (and removers), other furnishing and DIY products and household pesticides. The prohibition will apply to both finished household products and their ingredients, although in practice mainly the latter are tested. We are working towards delivering the prohibition through the conditions of licences issued under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and will announce the outcome as soon as this work is complete.

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