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FDA Responds to EWG Sunscreen List
Posted: June 29, 2007
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This research by EWG is based on nearly 400 peer-reviewed studies of the 17 sunscreen chemicals approved for use in the United States and an analysis of sunscreen ingredient toxicity linked to 60 industry and government databases on chemical hazards, coupled with customized, product-by-product assessments of protection from both UVA and UVB radiation.
“Always use sunscreen”, said Jane Houlihan, vice president for research at the EWG, in a press statement. “[B]ut not all sunscreens are created equal. Our research shows that some products are far more effective than others, while presenting fewer safety concerns."
Houlihan added that before the EWG launched this database, consumers had no way to identify the safest and most effective sunscreens. “The SPF rating on the product is helpful, but it is only part of what a consumer needs to know,” said Houlihan. “Our rating system includes critical information on UVA protection, how stable the product is in the sun, and potential health hazards of the product’s ingredients.”
“EWG has conducted this research because the FDA has failed to do so," said Houlihan in the press announcement. "With over one million cases of skin cancer reported each year, people should have the most reliable information available about which sunscreens will provide the best protection for themselves and their families.”
The report and online database rank products for combined safety and efficacy reportedly to help consumers recognize incorrect claims on sunscreen products and provide tips for safety in the sun. According to the EWG, the FDA has not finalized comprehensive sunscreen standards, which have been in development for 29 years. When complete, these rules will standardize a rating system for UVA protection and prohibit misleading and inaccurate claims such as “waterproof” and “lasts all day” that are commonly found on sunscreen products.