The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has warned that a possible consequence of Britain’s exit from the European Union (Brexit), could pave the way for cosmetics products that have been tested on animals to be sold in the UK.

Although the UK is unlikely to reverse the Europe-wide ban on animal testing for cosmetics, Brexit could allow for cosmetics that have been tested on animals in countries where the practice is not banned, for example in the US and China, to be imported – a trade that is currently banned under the EU Cosmetics Directive.

“The prospect that Brexit could turn the scientific clock back, returning to outdated methods is a real concern,” said Jan Creamer, NAVS President.