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PCPC Defends FDA on Sun Care Regulation

Posted: August 29, 2008

The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) has defended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against criticisms that the body is failing to regulate sun care products properly.

Critics have accused the FDA of stalling new regulation that was proposed in August 2007, including Samuel Epstein from the Cancer Prevention Coalition who earlier this month accused the FDA of ignorance and indifference. In addition, he quoted two senators, Jack Reed and Christopher Dodd, who are also calling on the FDA to speed up their actions in the area.

However, John Bailey from the PCPC believes much of the delay is due to technical difficulties behind UVA testing. In addition, he adds that consumers should have confidence in a regulatory system that ensures products work and work in the way they are expected to work.

UVA protection

Much of the controversy surrounds the ability of sun care products to protect the consumer against UVA rays, and how to communicate the level of protection to the consumer.