FDA’s Sunscreen Regulatory Approach Misaligned With Its Public Health Messaging, Trade Groups Say
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.
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The FDA emphasizes that findings from its second, more extensive clinical study on the absorption potential of sunscreen active ingredients are not in themselves signals that the UV filters are unsafe. However, they portend heavy work ahead for industry if the ingredients are to remain GRASE and available for use in OTC sunscreen drug products stateside.
Personal Care Product Council submits work plan to FDA setting 2023 date for completing MUsT trial on one of eight UV filters, with additional trials to follow. Research firm considers the estimate consistent with the industry's experience with the trials, but says it could design and conduct the required pilot and pivotal studies in six months.
Industry must provide the agency with a draft plan by 3 Sept. describing the work it intends to conduct to support the generally recognized safety and effectiveness of eight chemical UV filters commonly used on today’s market. Without rulemaking deferrals, the active ingredients’ fate is uncertain as the 26 Nov. statutory deadline for a final OTC sunscreen drug monograph draws near.