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UVA "broad spectrum" UVA/UVB sun protection claims "misleading," L'Oreal maintains.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

UVA "BROAD SPECTRUM" PROTECTION LABELING CLAIMS "MISLEADING" when based on the labeling scheme set forth in the critical wavelength method, L'Oreal maintains in May 15 comments to FDA on the tentative final monograph for OTC sunscreens. According to the proposed UVA testing system, products fulfilling the criteria of a critical wavelength value greater than or equal to 370 nanometers would be allowed to use the "broad spectrum" labeling claim. L'Oreal opposes this declaration of sun protection, saying products "qualifying for a `broad spectrum' designation can offer highly different UVA protection levels."

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