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Coalition Established to Improve Regulatory Pathway for US Sun Care

Posted: March 14, 2013

The Public Access to Sunscreens (PASS) Coalition launched a campaign to fight the growing skin cancer epidemic in the United States by ensuring Americans have access to the latest effective sunscreens ingredients. 

PASS is a multi-stakeholder coalition of health organizations, sun care ingredient suppliers, brand owners, dermatologists and NGOs with a goal to work collaboratively with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), other government entities, health care providers and other players in the sun care market to establish a regulatory pathway for timely pre-market review of new, safe and effective sun care ingredients. According to a statement, PASS also is committed to ensuring that the FDA has the resources it needs to conduct the pre-market review of sunscreen time and extent applications (TEAs).

In addition to Beiersdorf and L'Oréal USA, industry players involved in the coalition include suppliers Ashland Inc., BASF Corp., DeWolf Chemical and Fitz Chem Corp..

"America is a leader in innovation and scientific advancement, and yet while advanced sunscreen technology is available globally, it isn’t available in the U.S,” said Al Pearce, senior marketing manager, personal care for BASF Corp.. “The PASS Coalition intends to play an active role in calling on lawmakers and regulators to join forces to provide the public with the most effective and innovative sunscreens available.

"The FDA has acknowledged the process needs to be changed. A clear pathway to change includes working with FDA to identify resource challenges and propose changes based on those challenges—and possibly creating a user fee program from applicants to support the review process."

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