FDA's proposed rule for OTC sunscreens includes UVA ratings

Levy, Sandra
September 2007
Drug Topics;9/17/2007, Vol. 151 Issue 18, p60
Trade Publication
The article reports on a proposed rule issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that sets standards for formulating, testing and labeling over-the-counter sunscreens products with ultraviolet A (UVA) and B (UVB) protection. The proposed changes include: UVA protection will be clearly identified on the front of sunscreen products by the term UVA followed by one, two, three or four stars, a warning is required on sunscreens informing consumers that UV exposure increases the risk of skin cancer, premature skin aging and other skin damage and the UVA rating will be determined by conducting a laboratory test and a test on people. The agency is soliciting comments on appropriate ways to determine the SPF value for novel sunscreen forms.


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