Sun Setting On Attempts To Expand Hawaii Sunscreen Ingredient Ban During 2021
Advocates hoped a study suggesting octocrylene in sunscreens may degrade into benzophenone would convince lawmakers to expand ban, but a House committee maintained its commitment to wait on more research.
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Proposed bills in the Aloha State would ban the sale of sunscreens containing octocrylene and/or avobenzone, adding to a UV filter blacklist that already includes oxybenzone and octinoxate. On 17 February, Hawaiian legislators elected to defer the legislation to await completion of a National Academy of Sciences study, targeted for 2022.
While endocrine-disrupting evidence was inconclusive, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety recommends more conservative limits on use of homosalate, octocrylene and benzophenone-3 in cosmetic products compared with current requirements under the European Cosmetics Product Regulation.
Women’s Voices for the Earth says California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, which influenced similar legislation enacted last year for cosmetic fragrance and flavor ingredients, has revealed toxic substances long hidden from the general public that disproportionately impact marginalized groups.