Sunscreen Ecological Risk Assessment 'Teed Up' For US EPA
Lawmakers in Hawaii and other jurisdictions may be left wanting by the National Academies of Sciences' sunscreen report, but industry groups were pleased with the academy's findings and recommendations to the EPA. The Personal Care Products Council says it confirms that scientific data are insufficient at present to conduct “realistic” ecological risk assessments of UV filters or support their bans.
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A National Academies of Sciences report is expected in coming weeks on the environmental impacts of sunscreen ingredients and potential human health issues associated with changing use patterns. But Hawaii County legislators decided they couldn’t wait for new information to come to light, voting yes on a measure to ban sales of non-mineral sunscreens, which became law on 8 July.
A spokesperson for the sunscreen advocacy group is hopeful that a National Academies of Sciences study on the way will convince Maui County not to ban non-chemical sunscreens as planned in October. At the same time, “We’re very concerned that there are members of the Maui County Council that would prefer to just ban everything rather than wait for the science,” she said.
Environmental groups and local policymakers joined industry in opposing HB 1519, which would ban UV filters in Hawaii that are not characterized as GRASE by the US Food and Drug Administration as of 1 January 2023. In their view, that has the potential to undo existing bans on oxybenzone and octinoxate.