June 14, 2011

Waterproof Sunblock Is A Lie, Says FDA

What does it take for the New York Times to actually call something "false"?

The FDA has approved new sunscreen marketing regulations for the first time in 33 years:

The rules, which go into effect in a year, will also ban sunscreen manufacturers from claiming their products are waterproof or sweatproof because such claims are false. Instead, they will be allowed to claim in minutes the amount of time in which the product is water resistant, depending upon test results.
"Sunblock" is also banned, since it doesn't happen. They also must protect against UVA and UVB relatively equally; only SPFs over 15 are allowed to claim any protective health benefits; A proposed regulation limiting SPF over 50, since there's no benefit to anything higher, did not get approved. Also, no change was made to permit the many effective sunscreen compounds long used in European and Japanese markets.

F.D.A. Unveils New Rules About Sunscreen Claims [nyt]

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