Seal of Recommendation

Safe and Effective Sun Protection

Overseen by renowned experts who serve on our volunteer Photobiology Committee, we grant our Seal of Recommendation to a variety of products that meet our criteria for safe and effective sun protection, when used as directed.

Look for the Seal on product labels, packaging, clothing hang tags, online and in catalogs, advertising and in-store promotions. It is a symbol recognized and trusted worldwide.

Look for the Seal

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Broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreens with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher that safeguard you from incidental sun exposure, the kind that occurs over short periods of time, like walking to and from the car, going to work and running errands. This category includes moisturizers, color cosmetics, foundations, eye creams and lip products.

Requirements (FDA approved testing):

  • Minimum SPF 15 and substantiation of any water-resistance claims, tested on 10 human subjects.
  • Minimum critical wavelength of 370 nm.
  • Phototoxicity testing on 20 human subjects.
  • HRIPT (also known as RIPT) contact irritancy testing on 20 human subjects.
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Broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher that protect your skin during extended sun exposure outside when engaging in recreational activities at the beach or park, as well as outdoor work. This category includes high SPF products, sport sunscreens and baby products.

Requirements (FDA approved testing):

  • Minimum SPF 30 with proof of water resistance, tested on 10 human subjects.
  • Minimum critical wavelength of 370 nm.
  • Phototoxicity testing on 20 human subjects.
  • HRIPT (also known as RIPT) contact irritancy testing on 20 human subjects.
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All sun protection products excluding sunscreens, such as UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) fabric for clothing, awnings and umbrellas, hats, sun-protective eyewear and window film and glass.

Fabric Requirements

  • Minimum of 30 UPF on the lightest shade in the range.
  • Acceptable test results according to the AATCC method or AS/NZS Standard.
  • Hats should have a minimum 3-inch brim around the circumference or a minimum 3-inch bill with a permanently attached drape to cover the neck and ears. Baby and toddler hats can be submitted with a 2½-inch brim.

Window Film, Glass and Eyewear Requirements

  • 99 percent or greater blockage of solar UVA (>320 – 380 nm) and UVB (>290 – 320 nm) radiation.

Program eligibility: Members of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Corporate Council who manufacture or market sun protection products are eligible to submit products into our application process for the Seal of Recommendation. Companies representing about 100 brands support the Foundation’s mission with an annual Corporate Council membership fee of $10,000. This membership fee has remained the same since 1981 to ensure inclusivity for new and small companies. Corporate Council membership fees help support our education programs, including the administrative costs associated with the Seal of Recommendation program.

If they choose, manufacturers complete an application and submit required product data and testing results, which are reviewed by our volunteer Photobiology Committee. Not all of a Corporate Council member’s products meet our standards, and not all submitted products are approved. The Seal of Recommendation is awarded to individual sun protection products, not to brands.