H.R. 4250, Sunscreen Innovation Act

Cost Estimate
July 23, 2014

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on July 15, 2014

H.R. 4250 would modify the review process that allows the marketing of certain new ingredients in non-prescription sunscreen based on a determination by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they are generally recognized as safe and effective. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 4250 would cost $28 million over the 2015-2019 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. H.R. 4250 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

H.R. 4250 contains no intergovernmental mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).

The bill would impose private-sector mandates, as defined in UMRA, because it would allow FDA to require that marketing applications for certain sunscreen products be submitted in a new standardized format. CBO estimates that the direct cost of complying with those requirements would not exceed the annual threshold established by UMRA for private-sector mandates ($152 million in 2014, adjusted annually for inflation).