Don’t Let the FDA Call For More Tests on Animals for Sunscreens—Speak Out!

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For decades, sunscreens have been used by millions of people around the world to prevent skin cancer. However, there is now the threat that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may require companies to conduct animal testing to keep their sunscreen products on the market or take these lifesaving products off the shelves in the U.S.

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Despite the FDA’s repeated public claims that it supports modern test methods relevant to human health, the agency is not fostering the use of available non-animal testing approaches or evidence from decades of experience that governments around the world agree shows the importance of keeping these products on the market. More animal tests don’t make sense, and there are better, more scientifically relevant strategies that can be used to assess these products.

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Many caring consumers have pledged not to use products tested on animals, and many companies have pledged not to test on animals. Don’t let the FDA force companies to abandon good science.

Please add your name to a letter that PETA scientists will share with the FDA, showing support for animal-free science that keeps lifesaving sunscreen products on the market.

Prioritize Non-Animal Testing Approaches to Assess Sunscreens

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our deep concern that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may require sunscreen manufacturers to test their products on animals. For decades, sunscreens have been used by millions of people around the world as public health campaigns have alerted consumers about these products’ role in preventing skin cancer. Nevertheless, prompted by the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, sunscreens are now subject to new scrutiny by the FDA.

The FDA must prioritize scientifically relevant, non-animal testing approaches that protect human health, in addition to relying on evidence drawn from years of product use. The agency’s resistance to fostering the use of modern approaches to evaluate sunscreens causes problems for the public and manufacturers that have pledged not to support animal testing due to ethical issues as well as the availability of better, animal-free approaches.

We are concerned about the FDA’s resistance to embracing human-relevant science. Any animal testing requirement would cause an undue regulatory burden on companies and dismiss the desire of consumers to use sunscreens that have been assessed using modern, animal-free approaches.

We request that the FDA prioritize human-relevant, non-animal testing approaches that can best protect consumers. Thank you for your attention to this important public health issue.

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