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Personal Care Products Council Submits Public Comments on Reducing UV Exposure to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-- Industry Remains Committed in its Fight Against Skin Cancer

For Immediate Release: 
September 10, 2013

Contact: Hayley McConnell, (202) 454-0302

(Washington, D.C.) – On September 4, the Personal Care Products Council (the Council) submitted public comments to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the Agency’s request for information about reducing exposure to UV radiation in order to reduce skin cancer rates.

The Council’s efforts in providing scientific data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the safety and efficacy of sunscreens as well as educating Americans on a comprehensive safe sun regimen have been significant for more than 25 years. 
“Individuals of all ages and skin tones should use sunscreen daily as part of an overall safe sun regimen to reduce the risk of UV damage, including premature skin aging and skin cancer,” said Farah Ahmed, Chair, Personal Care Products Council Sunscreen Committee.  “As we continue advocating for sound science, our industry looks forward to working with the CDC and the Surgeon General in the commitment to preventing skin cancer,” Ahmed said.
The Council’s activities on educating the public about the health benefits from daily sunscreen use include:
  • Provided volumes of scientific and technical data supporting sunscreen’s ability to reduce the risk of skin aging and skin cancer when used as part of an overall safe sun program.  For the first time in 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permitted companies to communicate the skin cancer prevention benefits that these products provide.
  • Created a video series titled, Skin SmartTM to help educate the public about skin health and wellness.  The first episode of Skin Smart is meant to help consumers understand the new sunscreen labeling regulations that FDA released in 2011, as well as highlight the many forms that sunscreens take in every day personal care products. 
  • Created a second Skin SmartTM episode to demonstrate how the sun’s rays can damage skin, debunk troubling myths about the safety of sunscreen ingredients, and explain the benefits of using sunscreen daily in the fight against skin cancer and premature skin aging. 
  • Hosted a number of educational workshops with key opinion leaders from the dermatology community as well as sunscreen experts from industry to discuss and exchange important information regarding proper skin care, including regular use of sunscreens.  The workshops provide a forum for understanding sunscreens and sun protection from many different perspectives – photobiology, regulatory, cosmetic chemistry, clinical experience, etc.
“Being skin smart is about sharing real science and expert advice to empower people to make informed choices when it comes to their skin beauty and health,” said Ahmed.
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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council's more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S.  As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.