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New Illinois Sunscreen Law: What Does This Mean for Physicians?
Posted on: 5/2/2019
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery worked with ISMS, the Illinois Dermatologic Society, the Pediatric Sun Protection Foundation, and other coalition partners to advocate for the passage of this law, which took effect on Jan. 11, 2019. 

During the cold and snowy days of January, Illinois enacted a new sunscreen law: the Reducing the Risk of Skin Cancer and Excessive UV Exposure in Children Act, otherwise known as the SUNucate law.

This new ISMS-supported law is designed to reduce the risk of skin cancer by removing barriers that prohibit students and campers from possessing and using over-the-counter sunscreen in school and at camp. Specifically, the law makes it clear that a physician’s note or prescription is not required for sun-protective measures in schools and youth camps:          

  • A student may possess and use a topical sunscreen product while on school property or at a school-sponsored event without a physician's note or prescription if the product is FDA-approved for the purpose of  limiting ultraviolet light-induced skin damage. 
               
  • A participant in a youth camp may possess and use a topical sunscreen product while attending the camp without a physician's note or prescription if the product is FDA-approved for the purpose of limiting ultraviolet light-induced skin damage.                    

The statute also provides that:

  • A school district or youth camp operator may allow school or youth camp personnel to assist students/participants in applying a topical sunscreen product with parental permission.

  • Schools and camps must allow students/participants to wear articles of sun-protective clothing outdoors, including hats.

  • Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, schools may incorporate skin cancer prevention instruction in their curriculum.

Questions? Contact our advocacy team by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by sending an email.



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