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Conference Proceeding

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J Am Acad Dermatol


A broad range of UV filters are available for use in sunscreen products. Knowledge of UV filters available both domestically and abroad remains important, since these products can be found in the online marketplace and may be included in future FDA monographs as a shift is made to an administrative order process. We reviewed the mechanism and safety data of all US and EU approved UV filters. Currently, there are 17 US FDA approved UV filters while the EU possesses an additional 16 UV filters. Of the US filters, 88.2% (15/17) are organic and 11.8% (2/17) are inorganic filters, with 35.3% (6/17) broad-spectrum, 52.9% (9/17) UVB only, and 11.8% (2/17) UVA only. Notably, 94.1% (16/17) have available human data. Of the EU exclusive filters, all (100%, 16/16) are organic filters. 50% (8/16) have human data while the remaining 50% (8/16) have data primarily related to physiochemical or toxicology profiles. Of these EU exclusive UV filters, 43.75% (7/16) are broad-spectrum, 50% (8/16) cover UVB only, and 6.25% (1/16) cover UVA only. Our review demonstrates that the EU possesses an exciting pool of novel UV filters with expanded options for coverage of all forms of UV radiation. Critically, the majority of sunscreens, both in the US and EU, have limited human data available due to prior limited requirements for such information. This information is likely forthcoming in the US as the FDA updates data requirement guidelines for sunscreens to be generally recognized as safe and effective.





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