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The Personal Care Products Council and The Consumer Healthcare Products Association Statement in Response to FDA's Final Guidance On Safety And Effectiveness Data For OTC Sunscreen Ingredients

November 22, 2016


CONTACT:  PCPC – Lauren Brady (202) 454-0316; CHPA - Jenni Roberson (202) 429-3534

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association play an important role advancing the science of sunscreen safety and efficacy.  That is why our industry has worked collaboratively, via public comments and dialogues, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its Over-the-Counter Sunscreens: Safety and Effectiveness Data Draft Guidance to ensure it reflects the best science and latest available research.

We appreciate FDA’s willingness to seek input from the industry and other stakeholders on this effort. However, we were disappointed to see that FDA’s Final Guidance did not take the industry’s comments into account, specifically around current approaches to toxicological risk assessments.  Current approaches have the potential to save significant time and resources while meeting our shared goal of protecting the public health. 

“Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety of our products that are trusted and used by millions of families every day.  Our member companies continue to invest significant time and resources to provide Americans with access to a wide variety of safe and innovative sunscreens, which is a crucial step in the fight against skin cancer and premature skin aging.”

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 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. For more information on cosmetic and personal care products, please visit  

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 135-year-old national trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system $6-$7, contributing a total of $102 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to empowering consumer self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products.