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Section: Regulations > SPF/Sun
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.
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
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.
Mar 30th, 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 9th, 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 21st, 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 3rd, 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
[podcast] Why the FDA Disallows Europe’s Sunscreens
Between limited UV filter options and bans on organic sunscreens, the U.S. sunscreen market is wrought with strife. So why not just add Europe's UV filters to expand the U.S. portfolio? As David Steinberg explains in this podcast, it's not that easy. Listen now.
Mar 12th, 2019
Key West Joins Hawaii in the Ban of Octinoxate and Oxybenzone
The Florida Keys will no longer allow the use of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Does this mean California is next?
Feb 6th, 2019
[podcast] Consequences of Hawaii's Sunscreen Ban
In this podcast, renowned cosmetic regulatory expert David Steinberg walks us through Hawaii's recent sunscreen law, the "junk science" backing it (as he refers to it) and its broader implications.
Oct 29th, 2018
Benzophenone-3 European Limits Redefined
The European Commission has issued new limitations on the use of benzophenone-3 in cosmetic sunscreens and other cosmetic applications, a dramatic shift from past European regulations.
Jun 6th, 2017
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