Hawaii Bills Seek Ban On Oxybenzone-Containing Sunscreens
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Hawaiian legislators have oxybenzone-containing sun-care products in their sights owing to research linking the UV filter to harmful effects on coral. Bills with momentum behind them in the Aloha State’s House and Senate propose related sales bans or warnings on product advertisements and displays.
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Industry anticipates a proposed administrative order from the US FDA by 27 September on OTC sunscreen drug products, including GRASE status of active ingredients. Meanwhile, the agency’s probe continues into UV filter environmental impacts, and the National Academy of Sciences is gathering information to weigh those possible ills against human health consequences of reduced sunscreen use.
Conferees from the state’s House and Senate will meet in an effort to resolve differences in legislation to ban the sale of oxybenzone- and octinoxate-containing sunscreens due to environmental concerns. A consensus version of the bill must be available for final reads by April 26.
CHPA commits to fighting against onslaught of bills in Hawaii aiming to ban or limit the use of oxybenzone-containing sunscreens, says CEO and President Scott Melville during his address on 2017 priorities during the CHPA Annual Executive Conference in Amelia Island, Fla. March 21.