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The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), dependent on the Ministry of Health, has requested

the voluntary withdrawal of 14 sunscreens

because the sun protection factor (SPF) does not correspond to the labeling.

This request comes after the end of the sun protection product market control campaign, which began in December 2019 and whose objective was to ensure that the sun protection factor (SPF) that appeared on the label does not differ from that determined in the tests.


The initiative has focused on sunscreens with SPF 50 and SPF 50+ with novel galenic forms such as very light creams, mists and sprays.

In order for the sample to be representative,

19 products from companies of different sizes and origins

(Spanish, European and non-EU) and products of different price ranges

were chosen


After having received the final reports of the tests, the AEMPS has initiated different actions depending on the difference between the results obtained in the tests and the claim on their labeling.

Specifically, five of the tested plots have SPF results consistent with the degree of protection of their labels, but another nine products did not have a consistent SPF, although values ​​between 30 and 49.9 have been obtained, considered an SPF within the range. efficiency range of the high protection category.

However, the AEMPS has ensured that

no incidents of sunburn

related to any of these products have been reported to the Spanish Cosmethovigilance System.

It has also urged companies to voluntarily recall the batches tested and asked them to carry out additional trials on other batches to verify the safety of the products.


This same action has been required for products in which

an SPF value of less than 60

has been obtained

and 50+ was claimed,

which is the very high protection category. These latest products are: Les Cosmetiques sun ultimate sensitive SPF 50+ sun spray for sensitive skin, from Carrefour Shopping Centers; Belle & Sun invisible sun mist SPF 50, by Perseida Beauty; Isdin photoprotector fusion water SPF 50+. Facial sunscreen for daily use, from ISDIN; and Farline solar spray SPF 50+ 200 mL Very high protection, from Farline Comercializadora de Productos Farmacéuticos SA

This list is completed by Babaria solar protective mist SPF 50, by Berioska; Seesee transparent sun spray SPF 50+, by Cosmetrade; Piz Buin hydro infusion gel sun cream SFP 50 High Protection, by Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté; Ladival sensitive skin SPF 50+, from STADA Arzneimittel AG; and Lancaster sun sensitive luminous tan comfort cream SPF 50+, by Coty.

The remaining five products have obtained an SPF lower than that indicated on their labels,

always below 29.9.

In these cases, the AEMPS has urged companies to voluntarily withdraw them, which are: Abelay Sunscreen SPF50, from Ab7 Cosmetics;

Mussvital photoprotector spray ultra light 50+ aerosol, from Peroxfarma;

Eucerin sun protection sensitive protect sun spray transparent dry touch SPF 50 high, by Beiersdorf AG;

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydratation Solar Mist air soft SPF 50+ (High), by Wilkinson Sword;

and Australian gold SPF Botanical SPF 50 continuous spray, by Biorius.

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