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China Enforces Requirements for Sunscreen Labeling

July 19, 2016

China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has implemented its “Requirement for Sunscreen Labeling Regulation,” revising the labeling requirements for sun protection factor (SPF) and PFA rating systems.

The new regulation highlights the following changes:

  • Products with SPF values from 2 to 50 must indicate the actual SPF value on their labels; products with SPF values higher than 50 will indicate SPF 50+.
  • SPF values for waterproof sunscreens must not decrease by more than 50 %.
  • PFA classes must correspond with the following UV protection values (UVA):
    • PFAs lower than 2 are not UV protective products
    • 2 to 3 PFA is labeled PA+
    • 4 to 7 PFA is labeled PA++
    • 8 to 15 PFA is labeled PA +++
    • PFAs equal to or higher than 16 are labeled PA ++++

The regulation went into effect on June 1, 2016.

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