It’s been 15 years since the Food and Drug Administration last approved a new general usage, over-the-counter sunscreen ingredient. With melanoma rates tripling over the last 35 years, it is unconscionable that the United States still does not have access to safe and effective ingredients that have been available for years in the European Union, Canada, Japan and Australia.
But we could finally be seeing real change in the sunscreen industry when the Senate votes on the Sunscreen Innovation Act this week. If passed, the act would set firm deadlines for the FDA to review and act on sunscreen ingredients that have been used safely and effectively in countries all over the world.
If you want to see real change at last in the sunscreen industry, your senator must hear from you today. This can’t wait.
Take action for safer sunscreen ingredients!
The federal Food and Drug Administration last approved a general usage, over-the-counter sunscreen ingredient in 1999, and six new ingredients – already used in sunscreens in Europe and other parts of the world – have been awaiting a decision for more than eight years.
The Sunscreen Innovation Act could be coming up for a vote in the Senate THIS WEEK. The bill aims to alleviate the FDA’s backlog by expediting reviews of promising sunscreen ingredients while ensuring that the agency has the authority to keep unsafe ingredients off the market. This would give consumers more, and safer, options.
If you agree that consumers in the United States deserve access to the same ingredients used in sunscreens in the EU, Canada, Japan, and Australia, please tell your senator to support the Sunscreen Innovation Act today.