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FDA to revamp SPF labeling regulations

July 13, 2011  |  Inspiration

After years of contemplation over changing the standard rules for SPF labeling on sunscreen, times are finally changing. By summer 2012, the Food and Drug Administration will have a new set of regulations regarding SPF labeling on sunscreen. What does all this mean?  To keep up with modern day science and the latest sun discoveries, the FDA has come up new and improved rules on SPF labeling to provide consumers with the best protection possible when selecting sunscreens.

Here are some of the upcoming changes:

-  Sunscreens labeled as “Broad Spectrum” will mean they have been tested to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Meaning anything labeled as having “Broad Spectrum” coverage will protect against sunburn and skin cancer causing rays.

- The days for “waterproof”,”sun block” and “sweat proof” labeling are over. Instead, the FDA will require sunscreens to indicate on the packaging how many minutes the product resists water.

- Sunscreens with an SPF under 15, or without a balanced amount of UVA and UVB protection, will be required to clearly state their product will not protect against skin cancer or premature aging.

- Lastly the FDA is still deciding on whether to ban the labeling of sunscreens labeled SPF 50 or above.

Find out more information on the FDA’s sunscreen regulation updates via their website.

What do you think about the FDA’s new sunscreen regulations?


1 Comment


  1. I love this new and improved standard! It’s about time the FDA jump on the research bandwagon and to keep up with the jones’. It’s their responsibility to keep consumers educated and in the know. It’s also important for consumers to be as saavy as possible.

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