Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have called for a worldwide ban on the testing of cosmetic products on animals by 2023.

The parliament is also seeking to ban the marketing and sale of cosmetic ingredients that have been tested on animals and has urged EU leaders to use their diplomatic networks to form a coalition introducing an international convention within the UN framework.

The EU first enacted a ban on the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics in 2013. This ban is said to have had no effect on the growth of the cosmetics industry, which is claimed to have witnessed a smooth functioning over the past few years.

“The EU first enacted a ban on the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics in 2013.”

Around 80% of countries globally currently allow animal-testing and the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals.

MEPs have also noted a number of loopholes in the EU system and claim that some cosmetics are tested on animals outside the EU before being re-tested in the EU using alternative methods and placed on the EU market.

It is said there is a lack of reliable data on these cosmetics and the MEPs call for the EU to make sure that no product placed on its market has been tested on animals in a non-EU country.