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EU sunscreen guidance

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

The European Commission plans to adopt a recommendation for sunscreen labeling guidance for industry that aims to ensure a "standardized simple and understandable labeling of sunscreen products," commission announces 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," agency notes. Commission is now accepting comments on 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 Rose Sheet" Sept. 26, 2005, p. 9)...

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