We, like you, hate the fact that animal testing still exists. Over 20 years ago, M·A·C was one of the first beauty companies to use alternatives to animal testing. Even though we don’t test on animals ourselves, our products or ingredients can be tested on animals in places like China as a requirement by law. M∙A∙C has taken on hard issues before and we want to be a part of the movement to end animal testing globally. We believe that we can begin to make a change by providing funding to scientists to update their methods and by working to encourage the acceptance of alternatives. We are proud to partner with IIVS (Institute for In Vitro Sciences) and together our mission is to expand the use and acceptance of non-animal testing methods worldwide. M·A·C is working toward a cruelty free world.
Here are the answers to some of the questions we get asked most often. If you have others, please CLICK HERE to email us and we’ll get back to you. We want to keep the conversation going.
• If you know animal testing is required by law and you care so much about animals, why don’t you pull out of countries that require animal testing?
M·A·C is an inclusive brand and we are committed to selling our products to our fans globally. We believe in changing the system from within.
• How does M·A·C test its products for safety and efficacy?
We use human volunteers and we conduct or commission in vitro testing.
• Does M·A·C own any animal testing facilities?
No. We don’t own any animal testing facilities anywhere in the world.
• What is the Institute for In Vitro Sciences?
The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) develops and implements programs in countries where in vitro testing is not accepted in order to educate scientists on the scientifically validated safety record of these methods. We are proud to announce a new partnership with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) to help ensure that alternative testing becomes the global standard. By funding IIVS’s International Outreach Program (IOP), we are working to make a difference. The IOP provides a wide array of support including technical assistance in the form of lectures, workshops and hands-on training sessions to countries that rely on animal testing to determine the safety of products or ingredients.
• What does “required by law” mean?
Some regulatory authorities may still conduct or require animal testing of cosmetic products or ingredients to demonstrate safety. This is the case in China where the government views animal testing as the best way to ensure consumers’ safety. For example, before we are able to import any of our products into China, the government requires all importers of cosmetics to pay for animal testing that is conducted by a government-mandated laboratory there.