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November 14, 2014
United States

BASF welcomes the passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act by the House of Representatives

House of Representatives approves bill to reform process for approving new sunscreen ingredients

FLORHAM PARK, NJ, November 14, 2014 – With passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act (S. 2141) by the U.S. House of Representatives, the bill is set to go to President Obama for his signature and enactment into law.  This important bill reforms the current sunscreen approval process of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by creating a timely and transparent process by which FDA will evaluate applications for new, safe and effective sunscreen ingredients, which are regulated as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

“As a member of the Public Access to Sun Screens (PASS) Coalition, BASF highly welcomes the Sunscreen Innovation Act. Passage of the bill represents a significant step towards ensuring the timely review of new sun protection ingredients by the FDA, that will ultimately provide US consumers with a wider array of safe and effective sunscreen products,” said Dirk Buengel, Senior Vice President Care Chemicals for BASF in North America.

If signed into law by President Obama, the Sunscreen Innovation Act will help provide Americans access to the latest sunscreen ingredients, some of which have been widely available for 15 years in Europe, Asia and Latin America. These ingredients include BASF UV filters from the Tinosorb and Uvinul lines.

Tinosorb® M is a BASF sunscreen active ingredient which provides exceptional UVA and UVB coverage. Tinosorb M combines the properties of both organic and inorganic sunscreen filters. It has high UV absorption like a soluble organic sunscreen active and the insolubility, low penetration and light scattering properties of an inorganic sunscreen active.

Tinosorb® S is a highly efficient broad spectrum UV absorber. Due to its high efficiency, a reduced amount is needed to achieve UV protection allowing the ability to produce products which are cost effective and aesthetically superior.

Uvinul® T 150 UV filter provides extremely strong absorbance in the UVB spectrum for highly effective protection from sunburn.  Chemists and formulators can use less of this active ingredient due to powerful synergies with other UV filters.

About BASF Care Chemicals

The BASF division Care Chemicals offers a broad range of ingredients for hygiene, personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, and technical applications. We are the global leading supplier for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergents and cleaners industry and support our customers with innovative and sustainable products, solutions and concepts. The division’s high-performance product portfolio includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, cosmetic active ingredients, pigments and UV filters. Superabsorbent polymers developed for the full spectrum of hygiene applications complete the range. We have production and development sites in all regions and are expanding our presence in emerging markets. Further information is available on the Internet at

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at


Last Update November 14, 2014