Cosmetics industries global sunscreen testing harmonisation
Many consumers are faced with the challenge of determining which sun
protection product will best suit their skin at the best of times. This
problem has been further exacerbated for consumers purchasing
sunscreens when they travel to other markets, where labeling codes have
varied according to testing requirements.
But equally the new approach will also help sunscreen manufacturers
wishing to market their products internationally. This is because the
move allows manufacturers to develop products for all markets from one
research and development centre, using just one test.
"Until now testing requirements have varied from market to market
making it difficult for sunscreen manufacturers to develop products for
the international market," said a Colipa spokesperson.
"In particular the US market has had a very different criteria for
the testing and labelling of its products laid down by the FDA. This
moves means that the US market can now move closer towards the
regulations that are currently in place for other international
The SPF labelling on sunscreens has in recent years become a key
means to identify the right product for individuals. This latest move
means that international companies now have a more widely recognized
means of backing the SPF labelling on products.
"Consumers, control authorities and companies will all see benefits.
Consumers can be assured that the same high-quality testing standard
has been applied regardless of the country where they buy the products
and authorities will have a tool to control the substantiation of SPF
claims made by companies.
"The agreement on the International Industry Guidelines on common
SPF Testing Method clearly demonstrates that cooperation between
industry associations can benefit consumers, control authorities and
industry on a global scale," the Colipa spokesperson added.