Cancer Society 100% confident in sunscreen

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Cancer Society 100% confident in its sunscreen products

The Cancer Society is voluntarily withdrawing a batch of its sunscreen after the latest round of out-sourced Consumer NZ sunscreen tests returned SPF test results that differ to its own.

The Cancer Society had its full sunscreen range independently tested at an FDA-approved, ISO registered laboratory this year. The results show all products exceed their SPF claims.  However, for the product batch being withdrawn (Everyday Very High Protection Sun Lotion SPF50+ with Expiry Oct 2021), Consumer NZ’s results were significantly different.

“We would have preferred to retest the batch to prove its effectiveness, however that would take eight weeks so we’ve made the call to voluntarily withdraw the batch from retailers now,” says Mike Kernaghan, Chief Executive of the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

“We remain 100% confident in the effectiveness of our sunscreen products because they are manufactured as a medicine in Australia and have been independently tested. I would like to reassure the public there is no health risk, because even at the lower level of SPF30 that batch still provides high protection” says Kernaghan.

There are rigorous standards in place to ensure sunscreens meet the manufacturing requirement of a medicinal product. This includes certification by the ‘Therapeutic Goods Administration’ part of the Australian Government’s Department of Health.

“As a show of good faith and as a precautionary measure, we have begun the process of voluntarily withdrawing the batch of our Everyday Very High Protection Sun Lotion SPF50+ that Consumer NZ has tested and this process has begun,” concludes Kernaghan.


For more information please contact:

Mary Direen, Communications and Marketing Manager, Cancer Society of New Zealand 021 801 243

Angie Cairncross, Communications Advisor, Cancer Society of New Zealand 021 222 8076

 Any customer queries or questions should be directed to

The batch details of the sunscreen we are voluntarily withdrawing is:

Cancer Society Everyday Very High Protection Sun Lotion SPF50+ 100ml, batch 89661, Expiry Oct 2021.