FDA Tightens Regulation of Over-the-Counter Sunscreen Products

The agency named two ingredients — PABA and trolamine salicylate — as not permitted for use in non-prescription sunscreen products

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a long-awaited update to sunscreen rules aimed at strengthening regulation of over-the-counter sunscreens, NBC News reported.

Two of the 16 main chemical ingredients in over-the-counter sunscreen products are considered safe, the FDA says, as part of a proposal aimed at improving the safety and quality of sunscreen products sold without prescription in the United States.

The agency named two ingredients — PABA and trolamine salicylate — as not permitted for use in non-prescription sunscreen products, adding that it is asking the industry for additional data on 12 other ingredients.

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