Article by American Pharmacists Association

“FDA is tightening up rules to make OTC sunscreen products more safe and effective. On February 21, FDA announced a proposed rule that would update regulatory requirements for sunscreens sold in the United States.

Among the proposals for sunscreens that are marketed without FDA-approved applications, FDA is seeking to gather information and assess the safety of active chemical ingredients in sunscreens; cap high SPF claims at 60+ instead of 50+; require improvement to broad-spectrum and ultraviolet A (UVA) protection; call for more consumer-friendly product labels so that key active ingredients are more easily identifiable; and ban insect repellents in sunscreens products.

“Broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of at least 15 are critical to the arsenal of tools for preventing skin cancer and protecting the skin from damage caused by the sun’s rays,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, in a written statement. “Yet some of the essential requirements for these preventive tools haven’t been updated in decades. Since the initial evaluation of these products, we know much more about the effects of the sun and about sunscreen’s absorption through the skin. Sunscreen usage has changed, with more people using these products more frequently and in larger amounts,” he said.”

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