Johnson & Johnson is NOT cruelty-free.

This means that this brand either tests on animals, pays for animal testing, or sells in mainland China. Some brands that fall under this category test on animals where required by law, which means they're not cruelty-free.

Johnson & Johnson

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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

Cosmetics

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.

Why We Classify Brands Like Johnson & Johnson As “Not Cruelty-Free”

The term “cruelty-free” is unregulated. This means any brand can claim to be cruelty-free without breaking the law, even if they test on animals.

Because of this, we communicate with brands directly to gather information about their full animal testing policy.

Brands who are classified as “not cruelty-free” break one or more of the Cruelty-Free 5:

  • Their company engages in animal testing
  • Their suppliers engage in animal testing
  • They allow third-parties to test on animals on their behalf
  • They test on animals where required by law
  • They knowingly sell cosmetics in stores in mainland China, where animal testing could be performed

A supplier is any company that sells the brand raw materials, ingredients, or finished products. A third-party is an outside company or entity, whether or not it’s hired by the brand.

What’s The Deal With China?

Many beauty brands choose to sell their products in China. It’s important to note that these companies can not be considered cruelty-free.

As of 2020, China still requires most cosmetics to be tested on animals in order to be sold in the country.

As for products which can bypass these mandatory tests, the Chinese authorities may still pull these products from the shelves and have them tested on animals. Although the chance is small, we believe that companies can not be considered “cruelty-free” while taking this risk.

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

Cosmetics

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.

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