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Calls for sunscreens to be withdrawn because the real SPF does not match the labelling

To avoid possible damage from sun exposure, it is essential to apply cream before going out, and do so generously
To avoid possible damage from sun exposure, it is essential to apply cream before going out, and do so generously / SUR
  • Spain's AEMPS analysed nineteen SPF 50 products and found only five fully met the manufacturer's claimed sun protection factor

Spain's Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), has called for the voluntary withdrawal of 14 high-factor sunscreens from the market because the sun protection factor (SPF) does not correspond to the manufacturer's labelling.

The SPF is one of the biggest deciding factors when people purchase the essential product to protect from the sun’s rays in summer.

The AEMPS has analysed a total of nineteen SPF 50 products from different companies and price ranges, and only five were found to have a protection factor that matched what is marked on the label. Nine had sun protection values between 30 and 49.9, but five products had a result lower than 29.9.

Voluntary withdrawal

The five products with an SPF lower than 29.9, and that the AEMPS has urged the corresponding companies to voluntarily withdraw from the market, are:

Abelay Sunscreen SPF50 (Ab7 Cosmetic)

Mussvital photoprotector spray ultra light 50+ aerosol (Peroxfarma)

Eucerin sun protection sensitive protect sun spray transparent dry touch SPF 50 high (from Beiersdorf AG)

Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydratation® Solar Mist air soft® SPF 50+ (High) (Wilkinson Sword)

Australian Gold SPF Botanical SPF 50 continuous spray (Biorius)

Pending new analysis

Regarding the nine products with an SPF between 30 and 49.9, the AEMPS has urged the companies to voluntarily withdraw the batches analysed and has asked them to carry out new additional tests on other batches to verify their safety.

They are as follows:

Les Cosmetiques sun ultimate sensitive SPF 50+ sun spray for sensitive skin (Carrefour)

Belle & Sun invisible sun mist SPF 50 (Perseida Beauty)

Isdin photoprotector fusion water SPF 50. Facial photoprotector for daily use (ISDIN)

Farline solar spray SPF 50+ 200 mL Very high protection (Farline)

Babaria solar protective mist SPF 50 (Berioska)

Seesee transparent sun spray SPF 50+ (Cosmetrade)

Piz Buin hydro infusion gel sun cream SFP 50 high protection (Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté)

Ladival sensitive skin SPF 50+ (STADA Arzneimittel AG)

Lancaster sun sensitive luminous tan comfort cream SPF 50+ (Coty)

The AEMPS points out that "no incidents of sunburn related to any of these products have not been reported to the Spanish Cosmetic Vigilance System". However, if anyone has suffered an adverse effect it may be reported online.

To avoid possible damage from sun exposure, it is essential to apply cream before going out, and do so generously. As a rule, you should use about 35 ml (about 5 tablespoons). Application should be repeated at least every two hours and especially after bathing, doing sports or in the middle, hottest, hours of the day.