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Section: Regulations > SPF/Sun
Bondi Sands 'Reef Friendly' Sunscreen Hit with Class Action Suit
The class action suit in the United States alleges the company's sunscreens claim to be "reef friendly" while they are harmful to the environment.
May 23rd, 2022
Seagrass Rhizomes Accumulate UV Filters and Parabens, Study Finds
A recent study published in
Marine Pollution Bulletin
found that rhizomes of the seagrass
off the international coasts of the Mediterranean have accumulated UV filters and the preservative methylparaben.
Apr 13th, 2022
Sunscreens and Pipe Dreams for their Regulation in the US
Initially designated as drugs in the U.S., sunscreens have been stifled under regulations and bureaucracy. This article reviews how it came to this, where current regulations stand and proposes a few “pipe dream” solutions.
Cosmetics & Toiletries
Apr 1st, 2022
Keeping Cosmetics in Check: SPF in Anti-aging Products
One of the biggest causes of skin aging is UV exposure, making SPF almost a requirement for anti-aging creams. Here, the author describes how SPF regulations led to sun protection claims on anti-aging products; he also posits whether they are pertinent.
Karl Laden, Ph.D.
Jan 6th, 2022
FDA Moves to Improve Quality, Safety and Efficacy of Sunscreens
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced recent activities that are part of its ongoing implementation of new authorities for certain over-the-counter drugs including sunscreens.
Sep 24th, 2021
Thailand Bans 'Coral-Damaging' Sunscreens
The banned sunscreen lotions are those containing oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor or butylparaben.
Aug 23rd, 2021
UPDATE: Report Targets Benzophenone and Octocrylene in Sunscreens
The research mentioned in the Bloomberg report has since elicited a detailed rebuttal from an author at the University Hospital of Zurich.
Aug 11th, 2021
Expert Opinions: Sun Protection
In our April edition of Expert Opinions, we ask experts about sun protection and what that means for DNA protection factors, eco concerns, pigment alternatives, user safety and more.
Apr 3rd, 2020
[podcast] Sunscreen Innovation Act Update: MUsT Test and Penetration Potential
"What’s changed with respect to sunscreen evaluation is ... the test model they are using now is designed for drugs ...and has never been applied previously for the sunscreens," Epstein reports.
EMD Chemicals Inc/Cosmetic Ingredients
Mar 17th, 2020
PCPC, CHPA Respond to FDA’s Latest Findings on Sunscreen Absorption
In response to part two of the FDA’s sunscreen ingredient maximal usage trial, published in January 2020 in JAMA, the (PCPC) and (CHPA) released a statement reassuring consumers of product safety.
Jan 22nd, 2020
DSM Seeks FDA Sunscreen Monograph Approval of Bemotrizinol
DSM believes it is important for consumers in the USA to benefit from the efficacy and aesthetics that modern filters such as BEMT can provide. As such, the company is pushing for Monograph status.
DSM Nutritional Products Inc
Aug 29th, 2019
CVS Removes Controversial Sunscreen Chemicals from Store-brand Products
CVS store-brand sunscreen products will no longer contain certain sunscreen ingredients thought to damage marine ecosystems.
Aug 2nd, 2019
PCPC Sounds Off on US FDA's Sunscreen Proposals
Industry organizations worry that consumers may be deterred from using sunscreens—causing unintended negative health effects—due to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent sunscreen proposals.
Personal Care Products Council
Jul 31st, 2019
Minnesota Joins States Lifting School Sunscreen Bans
Students may now use sunscreen during the school day on school property or at school-sponsored events. The language was added to an education finance budget bill signed by Gov. Tim Walz.
Jun 4th, 2019
Sunscreen Data Requests, Misperceptions and the Public Health Crisis
"The FDA is not saying 40% of sunscreens (or whatever) do not meet its rules for safety and effectiveness—not to the extent the EWG is suggesting." But the FDA also is muddying the waters, according to PASS Coalition adviser Michael Werner.
May 22nd, 2019
PASS Coalition Answers EWG's Latest Sunscreen Attack
“Everyone, including the FDA, is clear about the benefits of sunscreen,” says Michael Werner, policy advisor to the PASS Coalition. “Currently marketed sunscreen ingredients are a proven tool in the fight against the growing skin cancer epidemic in the United States."
May 22nd, 2019
Could the US Virgin Islands Be Next to Ban Octinoxate and Oxybenzone?
A bill banning the sale, importation and distribution of certain sunscreen ingredients in personal care is making its way through the U.S. Virgin Islands' legislature.
May 21st, 2019
Croda Backs Proposed Updates to FDA Sunscreen Regulations
The proposed update would reclassify TiO2 (titanium dioxide) and ZnO (zinc oxide) as GRASE (Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective) category I. Previously, none of the 16 active ingredients currently on the market were considered GRASE.
Mar 18th, 2019
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