Animal Welfare & Alternatives

Animal Welfare & Alternatives

At P&G, we believe that eliminating animal testing is the right thing to do.

We do not test our products or ingredients on animals anywhere in the world unless required by law. We are working hard to make it obsolete.

Therefore, we’ve developed over 50 alternative, non-animal testing methods, and have invested nearly $400 million in finding alternatives and getting them accepted by regulators around the world.

We will continue working with the world’s top independent experts and partnering with leading animal protection groups such as the Humane Society of the U.S. to promote new alternatives research and regulatory acceptance of existing alternatives. This is the only way to eliminate all animal testing, globally.

Learn more about our efforts:

P&G secures approval for first non-animal alternative to skin allergy testing

P&G scientists invented the first non-animal alternative method for skin allergy testing, which was recently approved from authorities. This method marks a milestone in eliminating the need for animal testing.

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A new approach making existing alternatives more accurate

For many years, scientists around the world have used test tube experiments to mimic certain safety effects. However, these experiments often falsely indicate a risk where there is none. Led by P&G scientists, a group of experts developed skin models which allow much more accurate use of non-animal alternative methods.

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P&G has been actively pursuing animal alternatives for nearly 40 years

Our efforts to develop alternatives to animal testing is a long journey that began several decades ago. We have achieved a lot, but we still have more work to do. We will continue our research efforts until alternatives are available for all safety questions, and accepted by global regulators.

Working with partners

At P&G, we work with international animal welfare organizations, academia, industry experts and regulators to both develop and drive the regulatory acceptance of alternatives to animal testing.

Eliminating Testing Involving Animals - Our Recent Contributions

Eliminating Testing Involving Animals - Our Recent Contributions Eliminating Testing Involving Animals - Our Recent Contributions
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Frequently Asked Questions

You say you do not test unless required by law. What are these laws, and in which countries?

A number of countries around the world still require animal tests to ensure the safety or effectiveness of certain products and ingredients. We at P&G strongly believe that the majority of animal tests required by these authorities are scientifically unnecessary. Although we have invested more than $380 Million to develop over 50 alternative, non-animal testing methods, not all global regulators and authorities accept them. Where no alternative test exists we are continuing to develop non-animal methods and work with regulatory agencies around the world on their acceptance to completely eliminate animal testing.

Some companies claim to not test products or ingredients on animals. If they can, why can’t you?

In fact, P&G has not tested a finished product on animals in over a decade, but we choose not to make this claim because we want to be straight with you. Nearly every ingredient used in consumer products today has been tested in the past and some laws require animal testing still today. That’s why we’re putting so much effort behind developing non-animal alternatives, and working with global authorities for their acceptance as the most meaningful solution to ultimately eliminate research involving animals.

Does P&G use External Business Partners to conduct animal testing for P&G products?

Eliminating animal testing is the right thing to do, and we do not ask Business Partners to test P&G products on our behalf.

Does P&G test products in China?

In China, regulatory authorities do animal tests at their own discretion without any involvement of the manufacturer. These tests are scientifically unnecessary. That’s why we have been closely collaborating with international experts and Chinese authorities on the acceptance of safety assessments using non-animal tests. As a result of all of these efforts, Chinese authorities recently announced the acceptance of non-animal alternative safety assessments for a broad variety of products. We will continue to work with authorities on the acceptance of non-animal alternatives, in China and globally.

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