Sun Protection Facts to Live By

The following facts should aid in identifying skin care alternatives for you, your members and employees:

Regarding Sun Protection:"SPF and UPF" Stands for Sun Protection Factor. UPF generally refers to apparel while SPF refers to Lotions. Both terms refer to protection from two types of Ultraviolet Radiation; UVA and UVB Rays:

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FDA Regulations for Sunscreens

The FDA, which regulates drugs and medical devices, announced updated rules that will govern sun screens sold in the U.S. The rules will not go into effect until the summer of 2012, but the proposal does offer interesting insight to Sunscreens and their true sun protective qualities.The new rules will require sunscreens to:

A. Define the term "Broad Spectrum." To carry the term "Broad Spectrum" sunscreens must:

B. The FDA is forbidding sun screen makers from using the terms: Waterproof, Sweat proof and Sunblock.

C. A sunscreen cannot claim to provide sun protection for more than 2 hours without reapplication or to provide protection immediately after application (for example- "instant protection") without submitting data to support these claims and obtaining FDA approval.

D. A sunscreen with an SPF of less than 15 will be required to have warnings and cannot make a skin cancer prevention claim. These sunscreens can only make a sunburn claim.E. In other proposed guidance, the FDA is recommending a cap of 50+ SPF, unless a manufacturer can show that a higher number is defensible to help consumers and patients.

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US Sun Screen Brands Limited by Lack of Long Range UVA Filters

US Sun Screen Brands Limited by Lack of Long Range UVA Filters. "The limited availability of UVA filters hinders sun screen makers to create good, broad based spectrum sun screens.”
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FTC Charges Five ‘Natural’ Products Firms Over Claims

Agency says companies falsely lotions and sunscreens containing synthetic ingredients

The Federal Trade Commission sounded a warning to consumer products companies that claim their goods are completely natural, after bringing charges Tuesday against five sellers of skin-care products.

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COPPERTONE agreed to pay between $3 million and $10 million

Merck MRK -0.07% & Co. agreed to pay between $3 million and $10 million to settle a long-standing class-action suit involving Coppertone sunscreen, which the drug maker inherited when it acquired rival Schering-Plough in 2009. As part of the settlement, which was filed Friday in a New Jersey district court, Merck also agreed to stop using the terms "sunblock," "waterproof," "sweat-proof," "all day" or "all day protection" in its labeling or advertising of Coppertone sunscreen products manufactured after June for sale in the U.S.
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