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FDA Issues New and Proposed Requirements for Sunscreen Labeling

1:04 PM MDT | June 21, 2011 | Kara Sissell

FDA has issued a rulemaking package including testing protocols for products labeled for “broad spectrum” UVA and UVB protection. It will also limit claims manufacturers can make regarding “waterproof,” “sweatproof,” and “long-lasting” protections. FDA also proposes that products claiming protection above SPF50 require special approval by authorities. Significantly for chemical manufacturers, the FDA’s announcement did not include a formal response to a petition submitted by consumer and environmental groups concerned about the safety of nanoscale active ingredients use in sunscreens, attorneys say. However, FDA mentioned that it had conducted its own animal studies and found nanoscale sunscreen ingredients were not absorbed through the epidermis....

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