chapter  47
10 Pages

Technical Information in the Expanding Sunscreen Field

Introduction 920

Technical Conferences 921

The Florida Sunscreen Symposium 921

The European UV Sunfilters Conference and Exhibition 921

The Sun Protection Conference 922

Educational Courses 922

Scientific Societies 923

The American Society for Photobiology (ASP) 923

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) 923

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 923

Scientific Journals 923

Scientific Books 925

Internet Websites 925

Conclusions 927

References 927


Currently, the spread of new discoveries and scientific studies relating to human

protection from ultraviolet (UV) damage is fragmented. Dissemination of pub-

lications, and presentations of new techniques, and results in this field has

been severely hampered by widespread location of the scientific work.

Because of the wide range of disciplines required to address the requirements

of UV Protection, information in this field presents a twofold challenge. First,

its requirements for expertise are so broad that no scientific journal exists

which adopts such broad interests, and second, its technology is covered by

much proprietary secrecy, as is typical of any emerging science. Figure 47.1

shows the number of new US patents issued for sunscreens and skin coloring.

This pattern usually defines an emerging technology, and it is too early to

predict when the technological influx will peak, but it appears that this will

not occur for many years.