Animal Welfare

We do not test products or ingredients on animals in the creation of our cosmetic products

Johnson & Johnson cares about the well-being of animals and our Consumer Health business does not conduct animal testing in the research or development of our cosmetic products. Safety is our first priority and we believe that our cosmetic products can be validated as safe and effective without compromising animal welfare.

As part of our Safety and Care Commitment, we make the conscious choice to only advance the development of cosmetic products that meet our own safety requirements without the need for animal testing. Using the latest non-animal research methods as well as choosing ingredients we believe can be scientifically validated without new animal data, we formulate our cosmetic products safely while avoiding new animal testing as part of our development process.

Our commitment to this issue dates back decades, to when Johnson & Johnson’s scientists were among the first to stop testing on animal’s eyes and incorporate non-animal alternative methods into our JOHNSON'S® NO MORE TEARS® claim substantiation.

We are investing in scientific and advocacy efforts to eliminate cosmetic animal testing around the world

Most government regulators around the world accept the validity of non-animal testing data for cosmetics. However, some continue to require animal testing for new product safety submissions or for environmental and/or workplace safety regulatory assessments for ingredients. These requirements are outside of our own product development processes and do not diminish our strong commitment to animal welfare. In fact, for over 30 years, we have been committed to the advancement and acceptance of non-animal testing methods and continue to work with legislators, policy makers, and scientific and industry organizations around the world to gain wider acceptance of alternatives to cosmetic animal testing and public policy that reduces or eliminates such animal testing altogether.

Progress is being made, and we’re helping lead the way

The good news is that efforts to eliminate cosmetic animal testing are making a difference. We are encouraged by recent regulatory reforms and continue to advocate for the acceptance of non-animal data for cosmetics globally. Specifically, reforms recently introduced in China significantly reduce the category of cosmetic products for which animal testing is required. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health has been instrumental in the development of industry principles to inform legislative bans on cosmetic animal testing globally. These are important developments; however, there is more work to be done. We are committed to being part of the solution.


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