FDA's proposed rule for OTC sunscreens includes UVA ratings

September 17, 2007

FDA's proposal for new sunscreen regulations address UVA rays as well as other measures consumers may take to protect themselves from UVB rays.

Here are the highlights of the proposed changes:

The rating will appear next to the sun protection factor, or SPF, value. If testing determines a product does not provide any UVA protection or does not test for UVA protection, the product must be clearly labeled, "no UVA protection" near the SPF value.

Other changes

The FDA also is amending its existing 1999 rule to increase the SPF range that products can sport from SPF 30+ to SPF 50+. Previously, the agency had recognized SPF values up to 30+. Under the proposed amendment, the range would be SPF 2 to SPF 50+.