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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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“Under the new recommendations, there is a big change in the way we report the SPF of a product,” says Valerie Hart, head of clinical sciences at RSSL Pharma. “We previously reported the mean SPF results, but now we shall report the lowest of the confidence intervals. In addition products will be classified according to new categories of ‘low’, ‘medium,’ ‘high’ and ‘very high’ in the same way that the FDA recommends for labeling of this type of product.”

RSSL Pharma supports the significant change requiring claims such as “all-day protection” and “total sunblock” no longer be made on the product labels. Also no longer allowed are statements implying no need to re-apply the product at regular intervals.


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