Cosmetic secondary sunscreens in the Sunscreen Standard

Last update 30 November 2016

The extent to which the changes in the Sunscreen Standard 2604:2012 apply to the two categories of cosmetic sunscreen products is limited by the requirements in the Cosmetics Standard 2007.

The main changes to the requirements for cosmetic sunscreen products are:

  • raising the maximum SPF that may be claimed on the label of a sunscreen product from 30+ to 50+ for face and nail products (skincare products are unchanged; they can have a maximum SPF of 15); and
  • making broad spectrum performance mandatory for all skin care cosmetic sunscreens, and for face and nail sunscreen products with SPF of 30 and above; and
  • adoption of the test procedure in the International Standard ISO 24443:2012 for determining broad spectrum performance, whereby the degree of protection from UVA is increased with increasing SPF; and
  • limiting the permitted SPF claims to 4, 6, 8, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 and 50+ (depending on the SPF test result) and removing the claim of SPF 30+; and
  • raising the minimum claimable SPF from 2 to 4; and
  • changing the criteria for categorisation of protection as 'low', 'medium' (or 'moderate'), 'high' or 'very high' in accordance with the wider range of SPF claims allowed.