NA Sun Care Regulatory Updates
basic information and trending topics
- How are sunscreens regulated in North America?
- What UV filters are allowed in the US?
- Are there any sunscreens banned in the US?
- What is the U.S. FDA's current rules/guidance on sunscreen products?
- What does the FDA’s proposed rule state about the sunscreen active ingredient safety?
- What test methodology is required to make water/sweat resistance claims in the US market?
- Are sunscreens harmful to coral reefs?
|How are sunscreens regulated in North America?||In Canada, sunscreen products are classified as non-presciption drugs that are regulated under the Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate Sunscreen Monograph.
In USA, sunscreen products are defined as "over-the-counter" OTC drugs that are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.
|What UV filters are allowed in the US?||
|Are any sunscreens banned in the US?||
Yes, the following UV filters are subject to bans in the specified localities.
note: Maui county, Hawaii permits only mineral sunscreens
|What is the U.S. FDA's current rules/guidance on sunscreen products?||
The FDA issued the Deemed Final Order outlining sunscreen requirements in 2021. A new proposed order is currently under advisment. Additional detail on both the Deemed Final Order and the new proposed order can be found below.
Deemed Final Order: FDA published OTC Monograph M020 on 9/24/2021 Titled: Susnchreen Drug Products for Over-the Counter Human Use. The deemed final order for sunscreens includes certain requirements about active ingredients from the 1999 final monograph regulation for OTC sunscreen products, which never took effect, and the labeling and effectiveness requirements from a final 2011 labeling and effectiveness testing rule.
In addition to incorporating requirements already in effect under the final 2011 regulation, the deemed final order largely corresponds to the approach of an FDA sunscreen enforcement policy guidance, which had been in place before the CARES Act because the sunscreen monograph was not in effect.
Proposed Order OTC000008: This new proposed order proposes changes to the requirements outlined in the Deemed Final Order with the intent of bringing them up to date with the current science. When finalized, the proposed order will fully replace the deemed final order with new requirements for sunscreens.
|What test methodology is required to make water/sweat resistance claims in the US market?|
|How can I measure Water and Sweat Resistance for USA market?||
Learn more about Ashland ingredients for water resistance.
|Are sunscreens harmful to coral reefs?||No. Scientific evidence does not support a connection between sunscreen ingredients and coral decline.
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