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EU sunscreen guidance

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The European Commission expects to adopt a recommendation for sunscreen labeling guidance for industry that aims to ensure a "standardized simple and understandable labeling of sunscreen products," according to an announcement May 4. In addition to ensuring UVA protection is indicated "in a uniform way based on standardized testing methods," the guidance will recommend that product labeling "giving the impression of total protection, such as 'sunblocker' should disappear," and that labels "bear clear and understandable warnings and usage instructions for the consumer on how to use a sunscreen product correctly," the agency notes. Comments are now being accepted on the draft recommendations. FDA is working to publish UVA guidelines under the partially-stayed OTC sunscreen final monograph this year, as recently urged by Congress (1"The Tan Sheet" Sept. 26, 2005, p. 4)...

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