We have made a commitment to ban the testing of household products on animals. Although superficially straightforward, this issue has not been easy to resolve. Any solution has to be legally viable since we cannot ban testing
which may be required under UK or EU law.
We also need to be cautious that we do not develop a solution that precludes research that is essential or drives necessary research overseas. The key issue is around ingredients. My officials are currently engaging with stakeholders
to develop a solution that is workable and sensible, but does not have a chain of unforeseen circumstances.