3 March 2022

Sunscreens to be regulated under new laws

Under the new law, it will be mandatory for products to meet the Australian and New Zealand sunscreen standard.

On March 2, the Sunscreen (Product Safety Standard) Bill passed its third reading.

When the bill becomes law, sunscreens will be regulated under the Fair Trading Act and it will be mandatory for products to meet the Australian and New Zealand sunscreen standard. Companies that breach the requirements may face fines of up to $600,000. The bill will become law six months after it receives Royal Assent.

Consumer NZ chief executive Jon Duffy said this is good news for consumers.

“Until now the sunscreen standard has only been voluntary in New Zealand and it was possible to sell a sunscreen that hadn’t undergone any efficacy testing.”

Consumer NZ supported the bill but believes regulating sunscreens under the Fair Trading Act should only be an interim measure. The organisation wants sunscreens regulated as a therapeutic product (not a cosmetic), which would bring New Zealand in line with Australia.

Mr Duffy said complying with the standard isn’t enough.

“Sunscreens need to be tested regularly to ensure different batches provide the claimed protection, which the standard doesn’t require. Consumer has been testing sunscreens for many years and finds companies are sometimes relying on tests that are several years old to support their label claims.”

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Gecko K.
07 Mar 2022
Great to see the hard work paid off

As Melanoma Capital of the World, I'm pleased to see that some regulations are being brought into law here. There was good education in my schooling around the risks of sunscreen, but I do miss the days of the shrimp on the bbq and slip, slop, slap. Haven't seen much advertising from the govt these days so nice to know we'll actually be able to trust in what we buy

Nina G.
05 Mar 2022
Parallel Imports

Great advances with this bill and long overdue. However as long as we allow parallel imports into NZ with few controls there will always be issues over quality of goods being sold! One solution is supporting local manufacturing and development!