Sunscreen Filter


  • Actives | Sun Care

    The Case for Sunscreens

    My previous column posed the question: Who needs sunscreens? The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) both answer with an emphatic “Everyone!”1,2 Sunscreen use can help prevent skin cancer by protecti…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 08.01.17

  • Actives | Sun Care

    Are The Odds Stacked Against Sunscreen Use?

    Recent calls echo loud and clear against the safe, effective use of sunscreens to prevent skin cancer. They emanate from the four corners of the world and include the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), environmentalists worldwide, and even toxico…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 06.01.17

  • Actives | Sun Care
    Recent Developments in Sunscreens

    Recent Developments in Sunscreens

    FDA continues to treat sunscreens as drugs; expecting the full complement of drug tests that any cancer drug requires.
    Nadim Shaath, PhD, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 04.03.17

  • Actives | Sun Care

    Some Positive Developments In the Sun Care Industry

    In my previous column (August 2016) we played the blame game in the sunscreen industry. I highlighted many of the negative developments in the industry and who was responsible for this perceived deterioration in the protection of our consumers from t…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 10.03.16

  • Actives | Polymers | Sun Care | Testing

    No Dearth of Players For the Blame Game

    This column will tackle the problems with sun care protection in general. My next column will address the solutions for better sun care protection. Fifty years ago our sunscreen industry began to grow. In 1966, the consumer demanded protection from t…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 08.01.16

  • Spotty Developments in Sun Care

    My apologies for not writing my column in April as I was busy with completing my new book on essential oils and aromatherapy ingredients. The manuscript entitled “Healing Civilizations: The Search for Therapeutic Essential Oils and Nutrients&rd…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 06.01.16

  • Something’s Fishy: Salmon, Congress and FDA

    Research and development in the field of sunscreens in the US has unfortunately taken a back seat to the ever-increasing development of government regulations. I cannot recount more than a few research projects worthy of notice in the field of sun ca…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 02.03.16

  • Approving Sun Care Ingredients: What MUsT Be Done?

    The state of sunscreen regulations is in flux. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently signaled its intention to regulate future sunscreens in the US differently.  Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, former FDA deputy, wrote an article in the New…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 11.02.15

  • US Congress to POTUS: It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way!

    In a world of inadequate sun care options, who decides which sunscreen products are available to you? In the US, the Food and Drug Administration seems to have absolute authority over the approval process that results in sunscreen products on store s…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 09.01.15

  • Bureaucracy Burns: Squinting into the Future

    Recent developments with the FDA and the Sunscreen Innovation Act (SIA) have cast a shadow on the filter approval process in the US. In case you missed it, the FDA has basically rejected the call to speed up the approvals of the Time and Extent Appli…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 06.01.15

  • The FDA Response: Obstacles and Delays

    The FDA has decided to move the goal post. It has declared that to approve a new UV filter you must surpass the requirements of a New Drug Application (NDA).  The new hurdle set by the FDA is that all such ingredients must pass the stringent req…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 04.01.15

  • SPF Goes to Court!

    Sunscreens have been in the headlines recently. We start the New Year with an act of Congress, The Sunscreen Innovation Act (SIA), which was just signed by President Obama into law in November. Its implications will be debated extensively in the futu…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 02.06.15

  • The Bill Will Finally PASS, but Will The FDA?

    President Obama had the Sunscreen Innovation Act (SIA) on his desk before Thanksgiving week.1 Time to give thanks and celebrate. His signature has the potential to protect a needlessly at- risk population from sun damage. The Senate passed the SIA on…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 12.05.14

  • Formulating Sunscreens With New TEA Ingredients

    Formulating Sunscreens With New TEA Ingredients

    Now that Congress has introduced a new bipartisan bicameral bill in both the Senate (S 2141) and the House (HR 4250) entitled “The Sunscreen Innovation Act,” we expect to have a decision on the approval of the TEA (Time and Extent Applica…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 10.02.14

  • The Sunscreen Innovation Act

    The Sunscreen Innovation Act

    The long and winding road to sunscreen regulation reform in the US may have gotten shorter, but we’re not home just yet. The journey started 42 years ago in 1972 when the FDA began reviewing over-the-counter products not covered by a New Drug A…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 08.01.14

  • Air Pollution’s Effect On the Skin, Part II

    In the April column of The Sunscreen Filter (p. 46) I described the ever-expanding problem of air pollution and its effect on human health in general and the skin in particular. Air pollutants were classified as primary or secondary and methods for q…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 05.02.14

  • Air Pollution and Its Impact on Skin

    Air Pollution and Its Impact on Skin

    Exposure to the elements is of paramount interest to the cosmetics and cosmeceutical industry. Sun and air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, deserves closer inspection. The subject of air pollution and its effect on the skin in particular warrants…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 04.01.14

  • After 50 years of Sun Care…

    As we celebrate 50 years of sun care developments in the US, we pause to reflect on our accomplishments as well as our disappointments. There have been both innovations and delays in sun protection. Tom Branna, editor of Happi, has already written an…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 01.01.14

  • Australian Study Confirms that Sunscreens Save Lives

    Australian Study Confirms that Sunscreens Save Lives

    The view from Egypt, land of the sun, is dim. The killing of protesters is senseless. Here I am, in Cairo, in the middle of the so-called Arab Spring, writing about skin cancer while dodging demonstrations that are turning deadly! It is difficult to…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 11.04.13

  • Actives | Functional Ingredients | Sun Care
    A Forum for Sunscreen: Debating Better Protection

    A Forum for Sunscreen: Debating Better Protection

    Vital issues confronting the sun care market in the US will be discussed at a round table panel discussion during this month’s Sunscreen Symposium by the Florida Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.1 It is the third time such a forum ha…
    Nadim Shaath 09.04.13