Johnson & Johnson is not cruelty-free

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Johnson & Johnson is not cruelty-free

Johnson & Johnson is not cruelty-free. They may test on animals, either themselves, through their suppliers, or through a third party. Brands who fall under this category could also be selling products where animal testing is required by law.

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Johnson & Johnson is committed to ensure the ethical treatment of animals used in laboratory settings to advance patient safety and well-being. Johnson & Johnson operating companies have policies and guidelines in place that drive the ethical and humane treatment of the animals we use, and that promote the use of non-animal alternatives whenever feasible. We support and participate in efforts to obtain regulatory acceptance of alternative testing methods. Our standards for animal care and use are intended to meet or exceed all applicable regulations.

Our corporation is committed to the “3R” Principles:

Replacement – using alternative non-animal systems in place of live animal utilization whenever possible
Reduction – using the minimum number of animals possible to achieve maximum information without compromising animal welfare
Refinement – continually modifying procedures to limit the discomfort and distress to animals


The Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies does not test cosmetic or personal care products on animals anywhere in the world except in the rare situation where it is required by law or governments.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)/Ethical Review

Proposed animal work must be reviewed and approved by an IACUC or an equivalent Ethical Committee(s).

Personnel Training – Competency

Personnel involved with the care and use of animals must be educated, trained, and/or qualified in the principles of animal welfare and compliance to help ensure quality science and animal well-being.

Sourcing Animals and Tissue

Live animals used in research and teaching shall be obtained from approved sources. Guidance is provided regarding appropriate sourcing of animal tissue.

Euthanasia: Only humane and appropriate methods of euthanasia will be used, for example, those described in the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines on euthanasia and those established under the EU legislation on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.

Is Johnson & Johnson owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

Johnson & Johnson is not owned by a parent company that tests on animals.

Is Johnson & Johnson certified cruelty-free by any organizations?

No, Johnson & Johnson is not certified by any organizations.

Is Johnson & Johnson vegan?

Johnson & Johnson might offer some vegan products, however because this company is not cruelty-free, we recommend avoiding any products they offer even if they are vegan.

How do you determine that brands like Johnson & Johnson are not cruelty-free?

Most brands don't publicly display their full animal testing policies. We contact brands directly with our questions in order to get their complete policy. If any brand states that they, their suppliers, or any third party test on animals, the brand is listed as "not cruelty-free."

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