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Sunscreen Regulations

sunscreen.jpg Whether you're headed on vacation this summer or staying close to home, you should wear sunscreen when outdoors. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced changes that will be made to sunscreen labeling regulations, effective June 2012. Among the changes:

  • A sunscreen must protect against both UVA and UVB rays in order to call itself "broad spectrum"
  • A sunscreen can't claim it's waterproof. At best, it can claim to be water resistant. A sunscreen can state the number of minutes it is water resistant.
  • The FDA also proposed a rule limiting the maxiumum SPF claim to 50+.

Current sunscreen regulations can be found in Title 21, Part 352, of the Code of Federal Regulations.

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