Alexandra Kowcz, Chief Scientist, Personal Care Products Council in Response to FDA’s Sunscreen Ingredient Maximal Usage Trial


Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489,
Jewel Jones, (202) 454-0302,

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies are aligned with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the Skin Cancer Foundation and health professionals worldwide about the important health benefits that sunscreens provide as part of a safe sun regimen to help prevent sunburn and reduce skin cancer risk.

“It’s important to note that the FDA states that the results of the study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) should not cause anyone to refrain from using sunscreen, and we agree.  We want to ensure that consumers continue to have confidence in the safety of the products that they trust and have used every day for years.

“It’s important for consumers to know that for the purpose of this study, the levels of sunscreens used may not be reflective of how people use sunscreen products in the real world. The study also looked at sunscreen presence in plasma – and as FDA’s own note on the study reiterated, the mere presence of a chemical or chemicals does not suggest a safety issue.

“We look forward to our continued work with the FDA to ensure that consumers have access to products containing a broad variety of sunscreen active ingredients.”


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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the leading national trade association representing global cosmetics and personal care products companies. Founded in 1894, PCPC’s approximately 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 and trust 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.