National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance

An ALS guide to understanding the NEA's Seal of Acceptance and its requirements

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13 MAR 2024 ALS

Good for your brand, even better for your consumer.

Eczema, a chronic skin condition affecting millions, demands specific care. Consumers seek safe and effective products, making the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance a valuable asset for brands.

 

What is the Seal of Acceptance?

The seal is a guarantee that the product is free from irritating and allergenic ingredients and has undergone rigorous testing and scientific review. The NEA keeps the Ecz-clusion List updated and continues to evolve it as scientific innovation advances. To see the complete list, click here.

 

Which product categories can get the seal?

The Seal of Acceptance covers products categorized as cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens, hair care, deodorants, lip care, over-the-counter drugs, wipes, laundry detergents, and household cleaners. It excludes products with cannabidiol, exfoliators, and scrubs.

All products with the NEA Seal of Acceptance must adhere to the following Key Requirements:

  • Free from ingredients on the NEA's Ecz-clusion List
  • Undergo rigorous clinical safety testing (HRIPT, SIU, or CIT)
  • Pass scientific review by the NEA's expert committee

The National Eczema Seal of Acceptance offers brands a unique way to demonstrate product safety and cater to a growing market of eczema sufferers. It builds trust, enhances reputation, and opens doors to new customer segments.

 

How to get the National Eczema Association seal of acceptance

  1. Review product categories: Ensure your product falls within one of the NEA's approved categories.
  2. Verify ingredient compliance: Meticulously check your formula against the exclusion List.
  3. Conduct the necessary clinical testing: Partner with an experienced lab like ALS that specializes in HRIPT, SIU, and CIT studies to simplify this process.
  4. Prepare application materials: Gather product details, image, annual revenue report, and testing dossier.
  5. Submit your application: Follow the NEA's guidelines and timelines

 

Required Safety Testing

For a product to obtain the Seal, it must meet the rigorous standards established by the NEA Scientific Oversight Committee - made up of dermatologists, allergists and experts in treating patients with Eczema - and undergo testing for skin irritability, sensitivity and toxicity, as well a review of ingredients and formulation data.

The tests accepted by the NEA are the Human Repeat Insult Patch Test (HRIPT), Safety in Use (SIU) and Cumulative Irritation Test (CIT). At least one of these studies must be submitted for each product.

How your product benefits from NEA Seal of Acceptance:

  • Reduced Risks: Mitigate legal and financial risks associated with product irritation or allergic reactions.
  • Enhanced Reputation: Build trust and loyalty with consumers seeking safe and effective eczema solutions.
  • Competitive Advantage: Stand out in a crowded market and attract eczema-conscious customers.

The NEA Seal signifies your commitment to eczema-safe products, fostering trust and brand loyalty.

As the Eczema community thrives, the NEA Seal remains a valuable differentiator. Stay informed about evolving regulations and consumer preferences to maintain your competitive edge.

 

Take the first step towards the NEA Seal

Contact ALS today to discuss your eczema-specific testing needs and unlock a world of opportunity.

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