EWG Sunscreen Assessment Finds Oxybenzone Use Slowing, But Shows Most Still Are ‘Inadequate’
Environmental Working Group’s annual “‘Guide to Sunscreens” finds 30% of non-mineral sunscreen products contain controversial ingredient oxybenzone, down from 40% last year and 60% three years ago.
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The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association hopes to leverage data submitted for the UK evaluation to defend oxybenzone, homosalate, octocrylene and other ingredients in the EU, partnering with Cosmetics Europe.
Industry continues working to support updated GRASE findings for UV filters avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, ensulizole and meradimate, which the FDA categorized more than two years ago as lacking data, a position it reprised in 2021 under its overhauled OTC monograph system.
As anticipated, the US FDA’s proposed order for sunscreens released on 24 September creates a bridge to the agency’s 2019 proposed rule before the CARES Act overhauled OTC drug review in March 2020.