The process of deciding between different brands of sunscreen can be somewhat overwhelming. Consumers are often left wondering what various claims on sunscreen labels mean and whether the sunscreen they are choosing will actually keep them safe from sunburn and skin cancer.
In June 2011 the FDA published new rules, to take effect in June 2012, which will govern sunscreen testing and labeling. The aim of the new rules is to reduce consumer confusion and ensure that sun protection products on the market meet safety standards for effectiveness based on the latest possible scientific information.
“Broad Spectrum” Labels