Cosmetic chemists get explanation of important new sunscreen monograph
Anna Gripp, global marketing lead, Skin Care and Sun Care, received the 2011 Best Speaker of the Year Award from the Ontario Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC). Gripp's presentation, “The status of the FDA sunscreen monograph and latest sunscreen trends,” was a key highlight of the Ontario SCC Educational Day Seminar in September 2011, which she also moderated.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sunscreen monograph is required in the U.S., but it is monitored by most sunscreen manufacturers around the world. In the U.S., sunscreen products are regulated as over-the-counter drug products and must comply with rules presented in the sunscreen monograph, created and enforced by the FDA.
The sunscreen monograph rule-making began in 1978, and the final ruling for labeling and testing requirements was issued in June 2011. The monograph, which is published in the Federal Register, outlines the requirements for this category of nonprescription drugs. It is of particular importance to cosmetic chemists because it includes what ingredients may be used and for what intended use.
Sunscreen products that meet modern standards for effectiveness may be labeled with new information to help consumers find products that, when used with other sun protection measures, reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, as well as help prevent sunburn.