Avène’s Animal Testing Policy

RESEARCH: Regarding animal testing
ANSWERS: They do not test on animals and use alternative methods instead
RESULT: Classified as cruelty-free

Avène is a French company that is known for their great skincare products. My friend who has pretty severe eczema would use their Thermal Water Spray to help relieve the pain on her face from dehydrated skin. I wanted to check out their products to help with the dry patches on my face but first went to their website to check what their position on animal testing was. Here is their statement.

The European cosmetic legislation (directive 76/768/CEE amended the 1th March 2003) requires manufacturers to use alternatives methods to test new raw cosmetic material and finished products.

In compliance with this directive, we stopped tests on animals many years ago.

In practice, to test our products to ensure that they meet our high quality and safety standards, we use existing data concerning the safety of the specific ingredients used in the products. The tolerance of our finished products is then verified by tests on healthy volunteers.

Finally, we carry out physico-chemical and bacteriological tests to verify the identity on each batch of raw material delivered to our factories. This ensures the purity and quality of the ingredients entering our formulas.

These types of tests are also carried out on each batch of finished products to guarantee the safety and quality of each and every product.”

Source: Avene’s UK website on their FAQ page
Date obtained: Feb, 2013

Avène is available in Shoppers Drug Mart stores and well.ca in Canada. For the US they have a store locator section on their website.

For a list of animal testing policies by companies I’ve contacted, check out the list here: List of Animal Testing Policies by Companies.

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  1. Wanted to firstly thank you for your site which has been very helpful for me (a guy) to find cruelty-free brands and products.

    Avene does not test but their parent company, Laboratoires Pierre-Fabre, is a major pharmaceutical company in France that does conduct animal testing for their pharmaceutical products.

    So while their skincare lines (Avene, A-Derma, Ducray, Galenic) are not tested on animals, the company itself does indeed test since pharmaceutical products are required to be tested in many cases by law.

    This may or may not change people’s minds about purchasing Avene products but it’s some information I figured people may want to have as there are skincare choices that do not fund pharmaceutical research.

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