India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has reportedly introduced a draft rule, further amending the country’s Drugs and Cosmetics rules, which were revised June 2013 (details about which appear in Issue 6 of this Report) to prohibit the testing of domestically produced cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. If passed, the new rule would ban the import of any cosmetic, or any article intended for use as a cosmetic component, that has been tested on animals. The rule was drafted in consultation with India’s Drugs Technical Advisory Board and, if implemented, will make India the first country in South Asia to do so. The action aligns India with the European Union, which has banned animal-testing and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics regardless of where the tests have been conducted. See DeccanChronicle.com, May 11, 2014.