Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the new rules regarding labeling of sunscreen. The goal is to make it easier for the average person to chose a sunscreen.
The new labels will not be in place until next summer, so you need to be aware.
When the new labels are in place, NO sunscreen will be allowed to be labeled as a SUNBLOCK or as WATERPROOF.
Under the new labeling rules
- Products that have SPF values between 2 and 14 may be labeled as Broad Spectrum if they pass the required test.
- Only products that are labeled both as Broad Spectrum with SPF values of 15 or higher may state that they reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, when used as directed.
- A warning statement will be required on any product that is not Broad Spectrum, or that is Broad Spectrum but has an SPF between 2 to 14 stating that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.
In addition to the final rule for sunscreen labeling, the FDA released a Proposed Rule which would Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Suture for a Living*