Sunscreen standard

Sunscreen products must meet the ‘AS/NZ 2604:2012 Sunscreen products’ standard.

This new standard requires sunscreen products to be tested for safety and efficiency, specifically around their SPF protection.

About the standard

Sunscreen products must provide the protection advertised on the label and must label products clearly with:

  • the SPF in durable and legible characters,
  • clear instructions for product use such as how to apply the product, and
  • other additional information depending on the product type as required in the AS/NZ 2604:2012(external link) standard.

The standard applies to:

  • sunscreen (products where the primary purpose is to protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation).
  • insect repellents with a labelled SPF of 4 or more, and
  • skin care products as defined under the safety standard (which includes moisturisers, oils creams and gels) with a labelled SPF greater than 15.

All relevant products manufactured or imported after 8 March 2022 must comply with the new Sunscreen Safety Standard.

Sunscreen products manufactured in or imported into New Zealand before 8 March 2022 do not need to meet the specifics of the AS/NZ 2604:2021 standard until 8 September 2023.

However, The Fair Trading Act still requires that any product with advertised claims must meet those claims. Any sunscreen with an advertised SPF rating must still meet that advertised level of protection.

The Sunscreen (Product Safety Standard) Act 2021 is enforced by the Commerce Commission.

More information

Sunscreen products(external link) – Commerce Commission Te Komihana Tauhokohoko