Welcome summer!

20/06/2024

I’m sure you know the impact of UV radiation on the skin. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes changes to the cells of your skin, which can lead to premature skin ageing (photoaging) and skin cancer.

Market-ready sunscreen products are protecting your skin against UVA and UVB radiation, now offered in a variety of textures and weights to suit every brand’s story. These include lightweight moisturizers, BB and CC creams, sticks, powders, and many more!

Ensuring the sun protection products are both effective and aligned with consumer and regulatory demands is a must, in fact, it is mandatory!

Do you have your suncare products ready for summer?

As we welcome summer, let’s check if your products are a broad-spectrum sunscreen, protect from UVA and UVB radiation and enjoy the sunny days ahead!

We can offer you a wide range of tests to ensure your products comply with the different regulations worldwide. Ask us for the different tests if you need them!

UV filters, the substances making this possible

The protection from UV radiation is achieved through UV filters, substances that interact with the UV radiation to avoid its effects on your skin. These substances are widely classified as physical or chemical filters, depending on its origin. Different regions have different regulation to cover these substances and its use. The have strict regulations and different definitions, the UV filters allowed for use in sunscreens and its concentrations must ensure the safety of consumers.

In the EU you can find the UV filters listed in annex VI to the EU Cosmetics Regulation, along with their concentrations. The substances not listed there cannot be used as UV filters in cosmetics products in the EU.

For the US is slightly different. At part B of the monograph M20 you’ll find a list of the allowed UV filters and its concentration, along with the claims you can make and the warnings the products containing these substances should bear.

If you want to place the same suncare formula in both markets, it is important to keep in mind that the US allows fewer UV filters than the EU. If you have doubts, do not hesitate to contact us!

Suncare products in the European Union

In the EU, sunscreens are classified as cosmetic products, they are regulated under the Cosmetics Regulation. Suncare products must undergo an SPF test to determine their Sun Protection Factor (SPF). The SPF is calculated through in-vivo testing.

The European Commission issued a recommendation with specific labelling and claims requirements to ensure consumers can properly use such products. These recommendations are not legally binding, but the majority of the brands follow this document, as represents the best practices to follow to place sunscreens in the EU market.

Suncare products in the United States

In the US, sunscreen products are not classified as cosmetics, but over-the-counter drugs (OTC). Sunscreens must comply with the requirements set in the monograph (OTC M20) to be legally placed on the market, and recognized as safe and effective (GRASE).

The monograph has a new version and establishes, since 2021, the allowed UV filters and their maximum concentration, labelling and claims, forms and the SPF values. Also, at the Monograph M20 can be found the testing methods for the U.S.

Products with dual function (drug and cosmetic, as for example, a sunscreen lipstick) must comply with the requirements for both cosmetics and drugs rules.

Bonus track: Exciting developments in SPF Testing!

29th meeting of ISO/TC 217/WG 7 in Berlin, two of these methods were proposed for inclusion in the final draft international standard (FDIS)! We will have more alternatives to measure the SPF protection of your products.

Contact us for more information.

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