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For more than a decade, U.S. consumers have had to make do with less advanced sunscreens than folks in other developed nations. That’s because the FDA hasn’t approved a single new screening ingredient since 1999. A bipartisan bill to speed the process took a step closer to becoming law July 15. Here’s what both sun worshippers and shade freaks should know about the delay:
• Since 2002, eight new sunscreen ingredients, some of which are on the market in Asia and Europe, have been awaiting FDA approval. The agency says the backlog is the result of a careful safety-review process.