A new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical report which compiles the most commonly used methods for assessing the protection levels of sunscreens will make it easier to evaluate the numerous tests on the market.
ISO/TR 26369:2009 Cosmetics – Sun protection test methods – Review and evaluation of methods to assess the photo protection of sun protection products will contribute to both regulatory and private sector objectives, benefitting public authorities, industry, and consumer associations.
The new ISO report reviews and evaluates the methods used to measure the level of protection of sun protection products, including tables of their key parameters and elements. It applies to the sun protection factor (SPF) of a sunscreen and the ultraviolet A (UVA) protection. Both in vivo and in vitro methods are included.