Did you hear? Last week, the FDA announced new requirements for sunscreen in the US. From what I understand here are the new requirements:
- Only broad spectrum sunscreen that are SPF 15 or higher can claim to “reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures.” Sunscreens that are not broad spectrum or are broad spectrum but lower than SPF 15 can only claim to prevent sunburn
- Manufacturers can no longer label their sunscreen as “waterproof,” “sweatproof,” or “sunblock.” Doing so can overstate the sunscreen’s effectiveness
- If a sunscreen is labeled as water resistant, it must include how long the sunscreen is effective for while swimming or sweating
- All sunscreens will now include “drug facts”
- The maximum SPF value a sunscreen can be labeled with is SPF 50, “because there is not sufficient data to show that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide greater protection for users than products with SPF values of 50 ”
The new rules are to take effect by Summer 2012, but we can see changes to label take effect before then.
What do you think of the new sunscreen rules?