November 2014

Sunscreen Innovation Act awaits President’s signature

With passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act (S. 2141) by the U.S. House of Representatives, the bill is set to go to President Obama for his signature and enactment into law.  This important bill reforms the current sunscreen approval process of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) by creating a timely and transparent process by which FDA will evaluate applications for new, safe and effective sunscreen ingredients, which are regulated as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

“As a member of the Public Access to Sun Screens (PASS) Coalition, BASF highly welcomes the Sunscreen Innovation Act. Passage of the bill represents a significant step towards ensuring the timely review of new sun protection ingredients by the FDA, that will ultimately provide U.S. consumers with a wider array of safe and effective sunscreen products,” said Dirk Buengel, Senior VP, Care Chemicals for BASF in North America.

If signed into law by President Obama, the Sunscreen Innovation Act will help provide Americans access to the latest sunscreen ingredients, some of which have been widely available for 15 years in Europe, Asia and Latin America.