Animal Testing for Sunscreens? Tell the FDA ‘No Way’!

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Folks have been using sunscreen to prevent skin cancer for decades now. (ICYDK, slathering it on can literally save your life.) 😎 🧴 But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could make companies test on animals to keep their sunscreen products on the market. If this happens, companies that refuse to test on animals could see their skin-protecting products taken off shelves. 😱

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The FDA has said several times that it supports modern testing methods relevant to human health. We need to let the agency know that it would be doing the complete opposite by requiring testing on animals. 🤦

A ton of compassionate consumers stick to buying cruelty-free products, and many companies have shown they’re on the same page by pledging not to test on animals. It would be unfair for the FDA to force these companies to conduct experiments on animals, abandon legit science, and deny us lifesaving products. 😡

What You Can Do

Here’s the good news: You can help the FDA make the right move with the click of a button. Just add your name to a letter—which expresses support for non-animal scientific methods that keep lifesaving sunscreen products on the market—that PETA scientists will share with the agency. 🙌

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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