EWG Casts FDA’s Proposed Sunscreen Rule As Validation Of Longstanding Concerns
The Environmental Working Group has long favored mineral over chemical sunscreens in its annual ratings and buying guide, with particular concerns about oxybenzone, one of 12 active ingredients that FDA says need additional safety data to support GRASE determinations.
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The Personal Care Products Council and Consumer Healthcare Products Association say FDA’s tentative final sunscreen monograph and related communications have given rise to confusion that could lead to reduced sunscreen use and negative public health consequences. The groups go one further: FDA should reissue a tentative final monograph proposing that the 12 chemical UV filters currently in question are GRASE.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should “diligently” track systemic exposure to the 12 UV filters currently in question at FDA, the Environmental Working Group says in a recent petition.
While acknowledging concerns about oxybenzone, Consumer Reports maintains the importance of sunscreen to help prevent skin cancer and says oxybenzone-containing offerings continue to test best when it comes to broad-spectrum protection and minimal SPF “variation.”