The FDA has issued a Final Rule on the labeling and testing of sunscreen products.

The rule establishes that:

-A sunscreen product may only be labeled “Broad Spectrum” if the product has an SPF of greater than 15 and passes the new Broad Spectrum testing requirements.

-SPF products may not be labeled as “Waterproof”, “Sweatproof,” “Sunblock,” or “all day”.

-Water resistance claims are permitted if the sunscreen remains effective for 40 or 80 minutes while swimming or seating.

-All SPF products must include a Drug Facts Panel.

This rule will be completely established by June 2013. Keep these facts in mind while choosing a sunscreen!