(Reuters) The US Food and Drug Administration wants to improve the quality of over-the-counter sunscreens. Indeed, only 2 out of the 16 ingredients are considered safe, in the sunscreens that are now offered in the stores. 2 ingredients are a big no-no : PABA and trolamine salicylate. Sunscreens can be sold without the approval of the FDA.
The agency however wants to improve transparency and regulations in this area. SPF values (sun protection factor) have to be of a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 60 it is now suggested.