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Sun Protection Report

By: Karen A. Newman
Posted: December 5, 2006, from the December 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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The report can be found at www.ctfa.org. In addition to the report, CTFA also filed comprehensive comments with the FDA on the science and regulation of nanoparticles in personal care products.

EC Label Reform

Weaknesses in the way sunscreen products are labeled, according to the European Commission, led the group to launch an initiative to address the system. Following a public consultation, the Commission will issue a recommendation to ensure that the industry, as of 2007, utilizes a standardized, simple and understandable labeling method for sunscreen products.

Components of the new labeling act include indication of UVA protection in a uniform way based on standardized testing methods; the disappearance of claims that give the impression of total protection, including use of the term “sunblocker;” and clear and understandable warnings and use instructions on how to correctly use the sunscreen product.

In a press release, Gunter Verheugen, commission vice president, responsible for enterprise and industry policy, said, “The current situation is untenable. The best way forward is a recommendation to which the industry commits to label sunscreen products properly. This will give consumers clear and coherent information without creating unnecessary red-tape for the industry.”

Commissioner Markos Kyprianou, responsible for health and consumer protection, was quoted as saying, “Consumers must be made fully aware that no sunscreen product can provide 100% protection against hazardous UV radiation. There are serious health risks, such as skin cancer, linked to insufficient protection from the sun. EU citizens need to be fully informed about what sunscreens will and will not do for them.” The Clinical Sciences department at RSSL Pharma announced it will support new recommendations for sunscreen testing and labeling. The company carries out SPF testing for a number of clients, and reports that the new recommendations are more definitive, easier to follow and, crucially, will make it simpler for consumers to choose and apply the right product for their own needs.