For several years, the FDA reviewed all of the ingredients, terms and policies used in today’s sunscreen industry. Based on this review, and to provide the consumer with the best possible sunscreen, in 2012 manufacturers were required to comply with revised FDA mandates. The five FDA mandates you should be aware of are:
1) BROAD SPECTRUM DESIGNATION
If a product is labeled BROAD SPECTRUM, the product is FDA-certified to protect against UVA radiation. SPF#: This is the level of protection against the UVB spectrum.
2) WATER RESISTANT CLAIM—
A Sunscreen may claim to be Water Resistant, but it MUST be accompanied by a numerical identifier specifying either 40 or 80 minutes of protection.
3) MARKETING TERM RESTRICTIONS—
The following terms or claims are no longer allowed to be published:
- All Day Protection
- Instant Protection
4) MANDATORY DRUG FACTS BOX—
The Drug Facts Identification Box is now mandatory. It MUST include the statement that the sunscreen must be re-applied every 2 hours to insure adequate UV protection.
5) SKIN CANCER PREVENTION CLAIM—
If the Broad Spectrum Claim is made on the front packaging the sunscreen may state within the drug facts box that: “...using sunscreens may reduce the risks of skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects of the sun.”