Health withdraws six sun creams from the market: these are the brands


The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (Aemps) has ordered the withdrawal from the market of six sun creams that do not meet the protection promised on their labeling.

This measure comes after the publication of a report by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) this Thursday in which it warned that half of the sunscreens it had analyzed did not meet the advertised protection.

Thus, the Aemps has announced in a statement that, as the competent authority in the control of the cosmetic products market, it has "requested and analyzed" the "necessary" documentation from the companies marketing these products and, after carrying out an investigation, has taken "cessation of marketing and withdrawal measures appropriate to each case."

In any case, the Health agency details that no sunburn accidents related to the products have been reported.


There are three sunscreens withdrawn because they "claim a "very high" sun protection category on their labeling, in accordance with what is indicated in the recommendation of the European Commission (EC)" and according to the results of the tests provided by the OCU, "The category obtained for these products is "high". These are:

  • Invisible Sun Protection Face Cream SPF 50+ de Rituals
  • Capital Soleil Crème Onctueuse Protectrice SPF 50+ de Vichy
  • Waterlover Face Sunscreen SPF 50+ de Biotherm
While the three withdrawn sunscreens "claim on their labeling a "high" sun protection category, as indicated in the EC recommendation", a category that "is maintained" according to the results provided by the OCU for these products, although "the numerical FPS values obtained do not agree with those appearing on the labeling."

  • Nivea Sun Protección facial Sensitive SPF 50
  • Lancaster Sun Sensitive Oil-Free Milky Fluid SPF 50
  • Piz Buin Hydro Infusion Sun Gel Cream Face SPF 50
Companies are already aware of the non-compliance detected and the measures applied.

These situations occur occasionally because in the European Union sunscreens are considered cosmetics, so they are not subject to a prior authorization procedure; rather, it is the companies that must guarantee that they comply with the regulations.

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