New Labels for Sunscreen
Interview: Reynold Tan, PhD
Office of Nonprescription Products, Division of Nonprescription Regulation
Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to clarify the language on sunscreen labels to give consumers a better understanding of which products will protect your skin from both types of ultraviolet radiation: UVA and UVB.
Barbara Lewis speaks with FDA scientist Reynold Tan, PhD, who explains the differences between UVA an UVB radiation and the broad spectrum testing results that manufacturers will be required to place on their sunscreen labels.
Dr. Reynold Tan is a scientist in the FDA’s Office of Nonprescription Products.
Those new sunscreen rules take effect in two years, but Dr. Tan predicts that manufacturers will begin implementing the new labels by the summer of 2012.