FDA Plans To Update Sunscreen Regulations

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FDA Plans To Update Sunscreen Regulations
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled plans to strengthen regulatory requirements for over-the-counter sunscreen products.
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The FDA unveiled plans to strengthen regulatory requirements for most sunscreen products in the U.S.

The agency said in a press release Thursday the goal is to bring over-the-counter sunscreens up to date with the latest science to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the products.

The new regulations would address active ingredient safety, dosage forms and SPF requirements. It would also update labels to make it easier for consumers to identify key product information.

The FDA's commissioner said in a statement: "Since the initial evaluation of these products, we know much more about the effects of the sun and about sunscreen's absorption through the skin." He said the proposed changes are an "important step" to keep Americans safe as sunscreen use has increased over the years. 

The FDA is seeking public comment on the proposed rule as it works to develop a final version.