Have your say on the draft protocol for a risk-benefit assessment of sunscreen

VKM launches by this an open public consultation on the draft protocol for a sunscreen risk-benefit assessment.

Deadline for submission of comments is 15.09.2018. Please use the electronic template below to submit your comments.

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Please note that VKM will not consider comments:

  • submitted after the closing date of the public consultation
  • not related to the contents of the document
  • containing complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material
  • related to policy or risk management aspects, which are outside the scope of VKM's activity
  • given in another language than English
  • given anonymously
  • submitted by email or post. The electronic template must be used

When preparing specific comments, VKM kindly asks scientific communities and stakeholders to provide suggestions (text proposals) on how to improve the text passages or issues commented, rather than merely indicating disagreement.

VKM will assess all comments submitted in line with the criteria above. After the consultation, VKM will publish all comments submitted; Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity and comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the person or organisation/company.

This public consultation is in line with VKM’s policy on openness and transparency.

VKM has initiated the production of the protocol as a self-task. The VKM Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Aids, Materials in Contact with Food, and Cosmetics has developed the draft protocol. The draft protocol describes a suggested methodology for a risk-benefit assessment.

About the risk-benefit assessment of sunscreen

The overall aim of the risk-benefit assessment is to weigh risks against benefit of using sunscreen as protection against ultraviolet radiation.

The burden of disease in the population caused by adverse effects of sunscreen ingredients, and the reduction in the burden of disease for beneficial effects of sunscreen ingredients, will be estimated. Health losses or gains will be quantified with the disability-adjusted life-years method (DALY). The disability weights for adverse and beneficial health effects of sunscreen (ingredient) use will be identified and DALYs for the sum of beneficial effects will be compared to DALYs for the sum of adverse effects of sunscreen (ingredient) use.

Please use the electronic template below to submit comments and refer to the line and page number in the draft protocol.

Deadline for submission of comments is 15.09.2018.

on behalf of your organisation or company

Specific comment