Industries: Pharma / BiotechSkin & Cosmetics

Global Review of Sunscreen Science, Products & Regulation

Course Director: Wen Schroeder

Course Description - Course runs 9:00 - 5:00 on Day 1 & Day 2 -- 9:00 - 3:00 on Day 3 (Breakfast & Lunch Included)

To formulate a successful sunscreen product for topical application requires a multidisciplinary approach. Factors need to be taken into consideration include the current market trends & demands, regulatory framework & compliance requirements, scientific learning on skin structure and function, UV-interacting chemistry & science, and appropriate delivery systems for optimal effectiveness and safety. This course will provide an overview of sunscreen regulations and technologies that enable the participants to design proper strategies for successful product development and marketing. In addition, small group discussion / workshops on real-life case studies will be conducted throughout the course to familiarize the participants with the complex regulatory framework and product labeling & advertising guidelines.

Who Should Attend

This three-day course is designed for professionals in the personal care, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries engaged in sunscreen product development, including:

  • Research & Development
  • Technology, Formulation & Product Development
  • Marketing & Technical Sales
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • QA & QC Professionals
  • Business Decision Makers

First Day

Introductions & Agenda Review - 9:00am – 9:30am

Global Sunscreen Market - 9:30am - 10:30am

  • Market trends & consumer behavior
  • Current affairs

Introduction - International Regulatory Framework - 11:00am – 12:30pm

  • Drugs or Cosmetics (or something else?)
  • Legal distinction
  • Global regulatory comparison & contrast
    • Product definition & classification
    • Combination, overlap & borderline

Lunch - 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Sunscreen Regulations Around the World - 2:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Historical background
  • Regulatory compliance in the un-harmonized world
  • Ingredients control schemes
  • Safety & effectiveness requirements
  • Sunscreen actives
  • Sunscreen products
  • Sunscreen products labeling, claims & substantiation

Recap, questions & answers 5:00pm - 5:30pm

Second Day

Skin Basics - 9:00am – 10:00am

Sunscreen Photobiology - 10:30am - 12:00pm

Lunch - 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Introduction of UV Filters & Absorbers - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

  • Inorganics
  • Organics
  • Photochemistry
  • Current R&D Trends

Workshop - 4:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Group exercise: Selecting sunscreen actives for product development
  • Review, recap, questions & answers

Third Day

Formulation Fundamentals - 9:00am – 10:30am

  • Product design fundamentals
  • Formulation focus
  • Other considerations

Workshop - 11:00am – 12:00pm

  • Class exercise: dissecting sunscreen formulations
  • Class exercise: formulating sunscreen products

Lunch - 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Workshop - 1:00pm – 2:00pm

  • Group exercise: formulating sunscreen products
  • Review, recap, questions & answers

Course Evaluation 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe current worldwide marketing trend in sunscreen products
  • Describe regulatory product classification standards in major world markets, including proper product labeling and advertising
  • Outline regulatory requirements and compliance strategy for successful global marketing of sunscreen products
  • Identify the established and emerging sunscreen efficacy testing methodologies
  • Describe recent scientific discovery on sunscreen ingredients, technologies and skin-sun protection
  • Describe fundamentals of sunscreen actives and formulation advancement for improved delivery & efficacy