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  • Approving Sun Care Ingredients: What MUsT Be Done?

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd || November 2, 2015
    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…

  • Formulating Sunscreens With New TEA Ingredients

    Formulating Sunscreens With New TEA Ingredients

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd || October 2, 2014
    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…

  • A Forum for Sunscreen: Debating Better Protection

    A Forum for Sunscreen: Debating Better Protection

    Nadim Shaath || September 4, 2013
    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…

  • We’re Right in the Middle of a Busy Sunscreen Season

    We’re Right in the Middle of a Busy Sunscreen Season

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd || July 10, 2013
    Much of the country endured record-setting cold this past winter and rain this spring. No wonder, then, that many consumers will try to spend as much time outside as possible this summer, which unofficially began in May in the US. May, which also hap…

  • The Archaic TEA Process Revisited

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd || May 3, 2013
    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…

  • ‘PASS’ Pushes the Issue

    ‘PASS’ Pushes the Issue

    Christine Esposito , Associate Editor || April 3, 2013
    A coalition that includes sunscreen ingredient companies, dermatologists and sunscreen manufacturers calls on FDA to create a pathway for new UV filters.

  • The Evolution of Sun Care: Antioxidant Protection

    The Evolution of Sun Care: Antioxidant Protection

    Nadim Shaath || March 13, 2013
    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…

  • Amending the Monograph

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. || July 8, 2009
    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…

  • SPF Boosters  Photostability of Ultraviolet Filters

    SPF Boosters Photostability of Ultraviolet Filters

    October 1, 2007
    Raw material suppliers have developed a wide range of emollients, quenchers, antioxidants and other cosmetic ingredients to improve the UV filters and boost the SPF.