Harvard Health Letter

New (still proposed) rules for sunscreen

UVA testing and ranking may be the most important change.

The wheels of government may turn slowly, but the FDA's proposed sunscreen regulations may set a record for slow-motion governance: the agency first proposed changes to sunscreen regulations in 1993. Delays have occurred as the FDA has wrestled with changing science, the finer points of testing and labeling requirements, and a flood of public comments. Critics say the agency has let the process drag out. New rules were finally scheduled to go into effect in May 2010, but the FDA postponed the target date to October 2010.

Here are a few of the proposed changes:

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