The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations on over-the-counter sunscreens in an effort to keep up with the latest safety guidelines.
The proposal was announced Thursday and is available for review for the next 90 days.
This addresses concerns with labeling and ingredients and allows the consumer to easily identify key product information.
Dr. Michelle Walker, Director of Nursing Practice and Medical Director at Family Healthcare of Hagerstown, said “Each sunscreen has active ingredients and inactive ingredients. what they have found is PABA used to be something that was promoted and now the FDA is stating that this is unsafe and not to use that. this is where they are going back to the companies and asking proof of their safety for the consumers.”
The FDA regulation would also require all products labeled with SPF 15 or greater to offer broad spectrum protection against UVA rays.