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.
- 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 measures in advance.
- The new labeling requirements are favorable for manufacturers whose products have higher SPF value. In the past products with higher measured SPF, e.g 46 was no different with 31.
- China is far behind as SPF 50+, 70+ or higher has been already accepted in other countries while we can only mark SPF 30+.
- The deletion of marking integer of measured PFA may be because few companies adopt this kind of labeling method.
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