Time for Reapplication: A Review of FDA Sunscreen Regulation & Why it Needs an Update

Emily Davidson


Sunscreen is a staple in melanoma prevention and foreign innovation in formulation and application provide consumers with methods of sun protection. Nevertheless, FDA regulations designed to protect American consumers from ineffective sunscreens often act as a barrier to entry for these innovative, foreign sunscreens from reaching American consumers. This Note will address balancing concerns between consumer protection and promoting product innovation. The Note outlines the history of sunscreen regulation in the United States. Then it discusses the current regulatory framework and what sunscreen filters are currently available to American consumers before providing examples of foreign innovation in sunscreen formulation. 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/tlp.2020.237


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