Deco announced today that it has sent INFARMED test results to a sunscreen for children that advertises a level of protection allegedly lower than that found in laboratory tests.
"The ISDIN Photoprotector Pediatrics Transparent Spray sunscreen indicates a 50+ sun protection factor (SPF), but lab tests reveal that it should be labeled with SPF 15," Deco says.
The consumer protection association intends that the Medication Authority (Infarmed) "act accordingly", after the results known in Portugal for the product, for sale in other countries.
"Consumer associations in Belgium and Spain also purchased ISDIN Fotoprotector Pediatrics Transparent Spray 50+ sunscreen in their respective countries and sent it to the laboratory. The results were the same as those obtained by the product purchased in Portugal ", read in the information released by the Portuguese association.
Deco also informed the manufacturer: "ISDIN has put forward arguments that justify repeating the test. We bought the product again and sent it to the laboratory. The tests confirmed the results: the FPS indicated on the label should not be 50+, but 15 ", Deco reiterates.
FPS indicates the ability to filter ultraviolet B type (UVB). But it is also necessary to defend the skin from type A (UVA) radiation, the association warned.
"According to the European Commission, the index of this protection should be one-third of the SPF indicated, which is also not met by ISDIN Fotoprotector Pediatrics Transparent Spray 50+," Deco adds in the document.
The Directorate-General for Health recommends the use of a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, regardless of skin type. "For children, who have more sensitive skin, we advise superior protection," says consumer protection.