CANSA on Efficacy of Sunscreen Available in South Africa
31 August 2012 – Since 2005 all sunscreen bearing the CSOR had to have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 20 minimum and 50 maximum. It had to provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA & UVB in a ratio of 0.4/1; meet sunscreen standards as determined by the SABS i.e. SANS 1557 and regulations as determined by the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association (CTFA).
New Harmonized COLIPA (EU) UVA Protection Claim
Recent skin cancer research has highlighted the need for more effective UVA protection provided by sunscreen in terms of the mean critical UVA wavelength; UVA Protection Factor (UVAPF) and photo stability of sunscreen chemicals – as determined by the new Harmonized Colipa (EU) UVA Protection Claim – currently the most stringent standard for sunscreen protection internationally. Whilst EU sunscreen manufacturers are compelled to be Colipa compliant, several proactive South African companies have also reformulated their sunscreen – and many other local companies are in process of doing so.
All CANSA Seal-bearing sunscreens will be COLIPA-compliant by 1st April 2013 and will display the new CANSA SunSmart logo to show this. Read more about this and view list of COLIPA-compliant sunscreens available in SA.
Read other articles on this matter:
- Radio Interview with CANSA CEO re sunscreens
- CANSA CEO Letter re Sunscreens
- Are Sunscreen products safe?
- Sunscreens – despite questions re optimal UVA protection – still reduces skin cancer risk
- CANSA Response to Noseweek re Efficacy of Sunscreen