Standards Australia’s new proposal to let companies raise SPF ratings from 30+ to 50+ has been greeted with controversy. The Cancer Council has expressed concern that although extra sun protection offered will be minimal (1.3%), the much higher rating could give people a false sense of sun protection. We are also concerned that, as reported in 13 July’s 6.30 with George Negus, the new proposals ignore the need to label nano-ingredients.

Labelling is needed as a public health measure – to allow people with damaged or sensitive skin, and the parents of young children to choose nano-free sunscreen – and to enable informed choice.

People wanting to make comment on Standards Australia’s draft proposal are required to register and to pay $20.57. The deadline is Monday July 18.