Sunscreen products protect against UV radiation. They are cosmetics according to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. The efficacy of sunscreen products, and the basis on which this efficacy is claimed are important public health-issues.
The Recommendation on the efficacy of sunscreen products and the claims made relating to them, adopted in 2006, addresses these issues and sets out the:
The testing methods referred to in this recommendation are currently subject to standardisation by the European Committee for Standardization CEN. The standardisation mandate (384 kB) for these testing methods is included in the database for standardisation mandates of Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (go to free text search – 'sunscreen').
In order to indicate that a sunscreen product offers a minimum UVA protection as recommended in paragraph 11 and 14 of the Recommendation, Cosmetics Europe has issued a standardised UVA-label, the so-called 'UVA-logo'. This new label is downloadable from the Cosmetics Europe website.