News Room

CTFA Statement on Sunscreen

June 19, 2007

CONTACT:  Kathleen Dezio (202) 454-0302, Lisa Powers (202) 466-0489

Sunscreens are an important tool for consumers and health professionals in the fight against skin cancer and other harmful effects of the sun. Consumers should have a high level of confidence that sunscreen products are safe and effective when used as directed.

While the final rulemaking is ongoing, there are currently strong FDA safety and effectiveness regulations that govern the manufacture and marketing of all sunscreen products.  The FDA requires significant safety and efficacy data on every active ingredient before it is approved for use in a sunscreen product.  The FDA has broad authority to inspect manufacturers, require strict manufacturing practices, and enforce rigorous, science-based regulations to ensure that sunscreen products are safe and effective for consumers. 

At CTFA, we have worked closely with the FDA to ensure science-based regulations that protect consumers, and ensure sunscreens are safe and effective.  In the past, we have also joined with the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration and other health professionals in urging consumers to minimize their sun exposure as part of their personal safe sun strategy. This includes all of the following: limiting outdoor activities between 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. when exposure to UVA/UVB rays is the highest, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreens.