Summer is quickly approaching. It’s a reminder that sunscreen needs to be worn. Prior to 2019, U.S. FDA guidelines had not been updated in over a decade. In order to make sunscreen safe and effective, they have recently proposed updated and new regulatory guidelines.
The new guidelines are focused on bringing nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreens, that are marketed without FDA approval, to have more up to date information. The FDA’s proposal will focus on the active ingredients, dosage, sun protection factor (SPF) and broad-spectrum requirements. They have also proposed better labeling to make it easier for the consumer to identify important product information.
Sunscreens that you purchase from the store are still safe and effective. With newer scientific advancements, experts now know much more about sunscreen skin absorption. With people utilizing it more often, sometimes on a daily basis, more investigation was deemed necessary to ensure continued safety and effectiveness for the consumer.
For details as to what the proposal will focus on, please visit here: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-advances-new-proposed-regulation-make-sure-sunscreens-are-safe-and-effective
Stay safe this summer and be sure to always wear some form of SPF that protects against UVA & UVB rays!