It’s that time of year when the holidays are over and we’re getting back to the reality of daily life. I hope that, like me, you have enjoyed some time off with your loved ones, here as well as further afield.
Hopefully wherever you spent the holidays you were blessed with fine weather. If so, you probably used quite a bit of sunscreen. You’ll have noticed the huge variety of brands, prices and sun protection factors. Wouldn’t you expect such a vital tool against skin cancer to be required to meet certain standards?
You may be surprised to learn that there are no mandatory testing requirements for sunscreens in New Zealand, which means that if you a buy a product promoted as SPF50+, you have no way of knowing whether it really does offer a sun protection factor of 50.
Skin cancer is a key health concern for many New Zealanders, including my own family, so I recently lodged a Members’ Bill that would require the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to recommend the setting of mandatory regulation for sunscreen products.
It is absolutely critical that our families and the community have complete confidence in the sunscreens they are using. Lives are at stake.