FDA Issues New Sunscreen Guidelines
June 16, 2011
reduce the risk of skin cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
announced new rules for sunscreen testing and labeling, changing guidelines
that have been in place for the last 33 years. The agency's updated regulations
will specify whether a sunscreen is a broad spectrum product – meaning it
provides protection against both UVB and UVA radiation. "These changes to
sunscreen labels are an important part of helping consumers have the
information they need so they can choose the right sun protection for
themselves and their families," said Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Set to take
effect next summer, the new rules will also ban sunscreen manufacturers from
claiming their products are waterproof or sweatproof.
Instead, companies will be able list the amount of time in which their product
is resistant to water, based on test results. In addition, only sunscreens that
have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher will be permitted to claim they reduce
the risk of cancer and the onset of skin aging.
risks to sun exposure are real and education and clarified label requirements are not a bad thing," said Brandon Mackay, president of
SnugZ USA (asi/88060), which supplies sunscreen
products in the ad specialty market. "I don't think this will have a
negative impact on the industry, but I do encourage our buyers and consumers to
ask the right questions of their supplier partners and be sure to only use
those with the highest standards and testing validation to support their