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H.R. 2790 (115th): Humane Cosmetics Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 6, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 2790


June 6, 2017

(for herself, Mr. Beyer, Mr. Royce of California, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Donovan, Ms. Titus, Mr. Curbelo of Florida, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. MacArthur, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Stefanik, Ms. Speier, Mr. Yoder, Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Katko, and Mr. Deutch) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To phase out cosmetic animal testing and the sale of cosmetics tested on animals, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be referred to as the Humane Cosmetics Act.



For purposes of this Act:



The term cosmetic has the meaning given such term in section 201 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321).


Cosmetic animal testing

The term cosmetic animal testing means the internal or external application or exposure of any cosmetic to the skin, eyes, or other body part of a live non-human vertebrate for purposes of evaluating the safety or efficacy of a cosmetic.





It shall be unlawful for any entity, whether private or governmental, to conduct or contract for cosmetic animal testing that occurs in the United States and is for the purpose of developing a cosmetic for sale in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce.


Sale or transport

It shall be unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or knowingly transport in interstate commerce any cosmetic if the final product or any component thereof was developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing conducted or contracted for after the effective date specified in section 5(a).


Civil penalties


In general

In addition to any other penalties applicable under law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall assess whoever violates any provision of this Act a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 for each such violation.


Multiple violations

Each violation of this Act with respect to a separate animal, and each day that a violation of this Act continues, constitutes a separate offense.


Effective dates


Prohibition on cosmetic animal testing

The prohibition specified in section 3(a) takes effect on the date that is 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act.


Prohibition on sale

The prohibition specified in section 3(b) takes effect on the date that is 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act.