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Vegan or Vegetarian products

There is no legal definition of a vegan or vegetarian cosmetic product.

Definitions of vegan or vegetarian from the relevant foundations or societies are avaialble, and may differ slightly.

Manufacturers may include claims that the product does not contain any animal-derived ingredients or is 'suitable for vegans'. Such claims are acceptable, but it is a legal requirement that all claims can be substantiated and are not misleading to the consumer It should therefore be clear to the consumer what criteria are being applied.

Manufacturers of cosmetic products will respond to a consumer on suitability of a product range (company contact details are required to be labelled on pack) and there are also companies who specialise in products without animal-derived ingredients.


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