Supermarket News asked FGC (14-2-19) if the government should implement mandatory sunscreen standards

FGC’s response:

A mandatory standard for sunscreens would be a good idea if overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency. It oversees the Cosmetics Standard. It would a regulatory disaster for either Medsafe or the Ministry of Health to regulate sunscreens. Their role is to regulate medicines and so they tend to view all regulation through that lens. The last time they regulated grocery products such as toothpaste, mouthwashes and anti-dandruff shampoos their over-regulation was so incredibly expensive it meant that many New Zealand consumers did not get access to many new grocery variants available overseas because it was simply too costly to launch here. This changed once these products were shifted from the oversight of Medsafe.  We need to remember we are a marketplace smaller than Sydney. The EPA is best suited to oversee this, and it would make sense to do this through the Cosmetics Standard.

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