The Sun Protection Program (SPP) recognizes sunscreen products that meet a standard that provides effective sun protection. The approved products are licensed to display our logo and statement for which a licensing fee is paid. The funds generated support our Sun Awareness Program which educates Canadians about sun safety.
In 1989, with the encouragement of then Health and Welfare Canada, the Canadian Dermatology Association launched the Sun Protection Program (SPP) to recognize broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 and higher. The minimum SPF was raised to 30 in September 2008.
Industry partnership remains very much a crucial part of this public education program today. Monies collected through this program’s licence agreements, which permit manufacturers to bear the CDA logo and recognition statements on their primary and secondary sunscreen products and advertising, are invested into Canada-wide public education programs and activities.
A variety of print and electronic educational materials which show Canadians of all ages and skin types how to be sun smart have also been created through this funding support and can be found in physician offices, public health units, community centres, daycares and kindergartens across the country.
SPP continues to offer a win-win opportunity for both CDA and its Industry partners. Did you know in a recent omnibus survey of nearly 800 Canadians, 77% said that they would be more likely to select a sunscreen product bearing the CDA logo? As a sun safety education program, CDA will not consider any product that is marketed for tanning and insists that manufacturers take a proactive stance regarding protection against sun damage to the skin.
For more information, please contact Tracey Bellingham, Manager, Programs, 613-738-1748; firstname.lastname@example.org.