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Thursday 5 June 2014 - Southern Educational Event

'Where there's a Claim, there may be blame - it really must do what it says on the bottle'

Venue: London College of Fashion (University of the Arts near Oxford Circus station) - 18.30 hours light refreshments with the talks commencing at 19.00 hours.

20 John Prince's Street, London W1G 0BJ

 Debra Redbourn (Cosmetic Regulations Advisor, dR Cosmetic Regulations, UK)

Sunscreen claims from a regulatory perspective

A framework for the claims that can be made on all cosmetics is given in the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, consumer protection legislation and self-regulatory guidance.  Claims on sunscreens are particularly important as many of the claims are safety claims, so it is essential that they are correctly substantiated and their benefits are clear to the consumer.  The EU Recommendation on sunscreens from 2006 is now well established and has shaped the products available, and its key requirements will be summarised. 

The claims on sunscreen products can also determine their classification.  In some international markets sunscreens are classified as drugs, and the consequences of this will be considered.    

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Julian Hewitt (JPH Suncare Technologies Ltd)

Meeting Your Sunscreen Claims – Test Methods and Formulation Tips

Formulating Sunscreens is uniquely challenging; unlike many other cosmetic products, sunscreens make measurable, numerical efficacy claims that must be supported by valid test data. This presentation will cover the various test methods for establishing sunscreen efficacy claims, and also the use of in-vitro SPF testing during the product development cycle. The topics covered will include:-

  • Summary of performance measures for sun protection products
  • In-vivo  and in-vitro SPF and UVA test methods
  • Comparison of different test protocols
  • Interpretation of test results and common pitfalls
  • What to do when test results do not match expectations – formulating tips
  • Marketing of sunscreen products – trends, permitted claims, disallowed claims, meeting consumer expectations

'Where there's a claim there may be blame - it really must do what it says on the bottle'

Venue; London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince;s Street, London W1G 0BJ


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