The American Cancer Society is proud to endorse products that we deem to be safe and/or preventative when it comes to sun safety. As an unbiased provider of cancer information, we always have your best interests at heart (as you can see on our Sun Safety page) and our strictest principles backing every product we endorse.
If you see the American Cancer Society Seal Of Approval on a product, you know that it meets or exceeds the guidelines we put in place to ensure your safety. For example:
Criteria for Selection/Sunscreen
- Only sunscreens with an SPF 30 or higher
- No sunscreens marketed for use in infants under six months
- Product Manufacturers must provide testing data to ACS which validates that any ACS-licensed product meets all FDA standards for sunscreens
Criteria For Selection/UPF Apparel
- Product Manufacturers are required to submit to ACS all American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Product Labeling, Testing, and Quality Control/Assurance data to validate the UPF labeling on all SKUs submitted for consideration to carry the “ACS Approved” mark
- The ACS Seal will only be granted for use on apparel carrying a rating of UPF 30 or greater
Want to know more about UPF Apparel Testing?
AATCC TM183: The standard test to determine protection rating for a fabric or textile.
ASTM D6544: The standard test used to determine sun protectiveness at the end of a product’s lifecycle.
ASTM D6603: The standard used to describe how a garment or fabric is properly labeled in regards to UV-protection.