Sunscreen Filter


  • The Archaic TEA Process Revisited

    The US has fallen behind in the adoption of sun care ingredients that are actively in use in other countries. What are the reasons for this lag? Recently, I was invited to participate in a coalition that endeavors to improve the regulatory pathway fo…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 05.03.13

  • The Evolution of Sun Care: Antioxidant Protection

    The Evolution of Sun Care: Antioxidant Protection

    Sun care products have evolved extensively during the past four decades. In the 1970s and 1980s, an effective sunscreen was one that blocked burning UVB rays and permitted so-called healthy UVA rays to go through the skin. The emphasis was on pro…
    Nadim Shaath 03.13.13

  • Final Rule for Sunscreens Is now in effect

    Final Rule for Sunscreens Is now in effect

    The first ever sunscreen Final Rule in the US went into effect last month. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, sunscreen products marketed under the OTC Monograph System, the compliance date for products with sales of $25,000 or more…
    Nadim Shaath 01.24.13

  • FDA Sunscreen Regulation Remains a Game of Shadows

    FDA Sunscreen Regulation Remains a Game of Shadows

    This summer was supposed to herald the first ever Final FDA Sunscreen regulations in the United States. Instead, the regulations were postponed yet again to December, and the summer season passed without too much fanfare. Developments in the last few…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 09.28.12

  • The Dog Days of Summer

    The Dog Days of Summer

    A month into summer and demand for sunscreen is rising. Dog Days: noun. 1. The sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned f…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 06.29.12

  • Sun Protection Should Protect from IRA Damage

    Sun Protection Should Protect from IRA Damage

    Defense against solar radiation is vital to human health but are current sunscreens up to the task? Sun care products that filter both UVA and UVB rays are insufficient since they do not block all the damaging rays from the sun. Recently, it became p…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 04.30.12

  • Infrared Radiation  Skin Protection

    Infrared Radiation Skin Protection

    We have been wrong before. We once believed that the sun circled the earth before Galileo Galilei argued for a new perspective. Sunscreen formulations that attempt to protect us from damaging effects on the skin do not currently protect us from infra…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 03.01.12

  • Happy New Sunscreen Year

    June 18, 2012 is the day the first Final Rule ever for sunscreen regulations in the US will be finalized and enforced. That segment of the regulations allows manufacturers to claim that “sunscreen reduces the risk of skin cancer and early skin…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research& Development Ltd 02.10.12

  • FDA: Now Youre Talking

    After years of silence, indecision and conflicting regulations, the FDA has finally begun proposing Final Rules in sunscreens. More importantly, a new image has appeared in strong contrast to the once reticent FDA. We have rarely had an FDA spokesp…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 08.29.11

  • Finally...The Final Rule On Sunscreen Labelling

    Finally...The Final Rule On Sunscreen Labelling

    Memorial Day signals the official start of summer; it is the dawn of sunscreen season again. As in years past, annual reviews and reports purport to shed light on the newly-released products available from the industry. This year is no different in t…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 07.07.11

  • In the Sun, in the Dark

    Are we encouraging a false sense of security among consumers? When we use sunscreens for protection, are we truly covered? Are we in the dark when we are in the sun? In the upcoming installments of The Sunscreen Filter, I will attempt to shed so…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 05.03.11

  • 5-Star Research; Below Par Ratings

    Conflicting news on the benefits and dangers of sunscreen and skin cancer has saturated news both in print and online for the past few months. Several interesting reports on new ingredients as well as sun care formulations have surfaced. In additio…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 03.11.11

  • Alarmist Rumors Impact The Future of Sunscreens

    Headlines blare: “Can Sunscreens Cause Cancer?” “By the Ounce or by the Tumor?” “Sunscreen or Smokescreen?” Articles bearing scare-tactic titles such as these appear in daily blogs, in the press and in TV reports d…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 09.07.10

  • Shadows Cast on Sunscreens

    In this column, I have been documenting the upheaval and unrest that continues to mar the sunscreen landscape. The lack of final regulations from the FDA and the absence of a proactive and effective response from the American Academy of Dermatology (…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 07.08.10

  • A Petition to the FDA

    The sun is a source of power and life but we are not powerless in the light of it. We can harness the power of the sun for energy. We can defend ourselves from its harmful effects.As we confront the sun, we know intuitively that one individual cannot…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 03.31.10

  • Taxing Our Patience

    Taxing Our Patience

    It seems the U.S. government is now concerned about the rising incidences of skin cancer in the country. This was expressed not in the form of issuing a Final Regulation—delayed for over a decade—that governs the use of sunscreens in the…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 03.09.10

  • Is the Final Monograph the New Metric System?

    Is the Final Monograph the New Metric System?

    See you in September! The hopeful song plays on… But September has come and gone and neither the Final Monograph nor the Time and Extent Application (TEA) for sorely needed UVA filters in the U.S. has been issued or finalized. How long will we…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 11.09.09

  • Filtering Some Rumors Regarding Sunscreens

    Filtering Some Rumors Regarding Sunscreens

    Rumors abound that the Food and Drug Administration is poised to finalize the long-awaited sunscreen monograph, which is designed to regulate the sun protection that consumers receive from sun care products. At the same time, the FDA has promised to…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 09.03.09

  • Amending the Monograph

    The headline above is intentionally contentious considering we still do not have a final monograph (FM) to amend. The tentative final monograph (TFM) is far from sufficient and yet it is effectively law. In the meantime, we rely upon the mechanism in…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 07.08.09

  • Sun Protection: Another Voice Filters Through

    Sun Protection: Another Voice Filters Through

    As I was reviewing my submissions for “The Sunscreen Filter,” it occurred to me that the columns I have written deal with issues that are quite relevant but not necessarily complete in scope. I have written a lot about regulations and con…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 05.01.09