PCPC releases statement on 2024 EWG Sunscreen Guide

Written on: May 21, 2024 by SprayTM

The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) has released the following statement regarding the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) newest Sunscreen Guide:

“The PCPC and our member companies remain firmly committed to ensuring that Americans have access to a wide variety of safe and effective sunscreen products. We continue to work with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to provide additional safety data on several ultraviolet (UV) filters in order to ensure consumer confidence in the safety and effectiveness of these critical products.

“Unfortunately, once again, the EWG’s Sunscreen Guide misleads consumers into assuming sunscreen products are unsafe, thereby jeopardizing public health. Sunscreen is a crucial and well-recognized tool in the fight against skin cancer. Our goal is to help consumers make informed decisions and continue to use sunscreens as an important part of their daily health routine.

“For these reasons, we remain concerned that the Sunscreen Innovation Act, which was signed into law in 2014, has not lived up to its promise to increase the speed of approvals for new active sunscreen ingredients. The FDA has not approved new UV filters since 1999. Additionally, globally approved filters used in Europe and other regions are not available in the U.S., greatly limiting options for American consumers.

“For more information about cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients, please visit www.cosmeticsinfo.org.”