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China Implements New Labeling Requirements for Sunscreens

On June 1 2016 China Food and Drug Administration promulgated and implemented a regulation named “Requirements for Sunscreens Labeling”, revising the labeling requirements relating to SPF and PFA. The most significant change to the new regulation is the permission of marking SPF > 50 and PA ++++ on labels. In the past cosmetics can only be indicated by SPF > 30 and PA +++ even if the actual measured value is higher, which doesn’t align with the international standards. ... Reach24h’s Interpretation: For imported sunscreens, new claims can be marked on over-labels without the need of updating original packaging. The regulation mentioned that “measured SPF = 2~50, indication of the measured value”. It can be expected that SPF 13, 24, 48, etc will appear on labels and SPF value will be different between over-labels and original packaging due to deviation, which may confuse consumers. Manufacturers need to take the corresponding me

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