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15th Dec 2017

ISO 24444
– Review Advances

This first ISO Sunscreen related document was
published in 2010 and has been re-opened for review during 2016. Up for review
after 5 years in use, this document will be modified with the primary objective
of improving reproducibility between test labs.The changes are by no means finalized at this time,
but key issues being addressed are…

  1. Dropping
    of the use of Fitzpatrick prototyping as a basis for subject inclusion, and
    instead rely solely upon Individual Tangent Angle (ITA0).

    The ITA0 has been an option in the current version of ISO 24444. It
    is an accurate objective measurement of skin colour based on use of a hand held
    spectrophotometer. Each test subject can be assigned an ITA0, a
    value that remains more or less the same over a period of time. Using this
    classification, skin color becomes a continuum, rather than in three subjective
    boxes according to the Fitzpatrick Scale.
  2. Revision
    of the definition of the MED for unprotected skin.
    This value is not
    quantified in the current ISO document. It is has been identified as a source of variability.
  3. MEDs
    to be reported in radiometric terms.
    The objective here is to require that
    test labs report results using exactly the same terminology.
  4. Requiring
    minimum unprotected MED radiometric doses
    . We should all be using the same
    exposure ranges based on ITA0 values if our Solar Simulators are to
    as closely as possible imitate real sunlight.
  5. Calibration
    of radiometers for J/m2 erythema effective energy.
    At present, it would
    seem that this is the biggest source of variability between SPF values reported
    by different test labs.
  6. Possible
    addition of new SPF 30 and 60 SPF reference standards
    . Currently, two
    Reference sunscreens with SPF around 15 are used as part of the internal
    validation of the product application and measurement steps of the method.
    Higher SPF references should help to further the qualification of this against
    product samples in the High and Very High Protection ranges.
  7. Addition
    of photographs of the unprotected MEDs in the study reports for product testing
    It is believed that this will assist in specification of the experimental
    visual end point. The addition also includes a proposal for a new standardised scale
    for scoring.

All of the above are provisional and subject to final agreement. The development of
the next version of the document will proceed during 2017 – 18  and is likely to be
published during 2019.