Sunscreen Labeling Changes

In June 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced final rulings for the labeling of sunscreen products that went into effect December 17, 2012. As the #1 dermatologist recommended suncare brand, NEUTROGENA® wants to help explain how these rulings will impact your favorite products containing sun protection (SPF).

On this site you can learn about some of the changes FDA requires for labeling sunscreen products.

Although the new FDA sun monograph is in effect as of December 17, 2012, sunscreens with new labels are already starting to rollout at stores nationwide. Given the logistics of producing new labels and distributing products across the country, it's likely consumers will see some sunscreens with old labels next to sunscreens with new labels throughout early 2013. During this transition, you can continue to use your current NEUTROGENA® sunscreens with the confidence that they are safe and effective in protecting against sun exposure.

At NEUTROGENA®, we believe consumers should use sunscreen as part of a year-round approach to skin protection as it offers an important step in helping to prevent the epidemic rise in skin cancer. We have a long history of developing advanced suncare products based on clinical results. NEUTROGENA® suncare products follow the new FDA labeling rules. As we make the move to new labels, you can continue to trust all NEUTROGENA® products for daily or recreational sun protection. To learn more about our range of sunscreen products, click here.

We encourage you to check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can also call our consumer hotline at 1-800-299-4786.

Broad Spectrum
  • Sunscreen products that pass the new FDA test to provide balanced UVA/UVB protection will be labeled as "Broad Spectrum."
  • Both UVB and UVA rays contribute to sunburn, skin cancer, and premature skin aging.
  • Dermatologists recommend the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen. *

Use Claims
  • Products that are both Broad Spectrum and have SPF values of 15 or higher may claim that they help prevent skin cancer and early skin aging when used as directed and when used with other sun protection measures (limiting time in the sun, wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses).
  • Any products that fail to meet the broad spectrum test or are broad spectrum with an SPF of 2 to 14 must include a warning that the product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.
Label Updates
  • The terms "waterproof," "sweat-proof" and "sunblock" will no longer appear on packaging.
  • If a sunscreen product is water resistant, that statement can be placed on the label but should be combined with the amount of time before it should be reapplied (40 or 80 minutes).
  • All sunscreens will be required to have a Drug Facts section on the back and/or side of the container that will include Active Ingredients and Use Claims.