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Products eligible to apply for the NEA Seal of Acceptance™ are those that have been created or intended for use by persons with eczema or severe sensitive skin conditions. The overall standard for an accepted product is that it does not contain ingredients, contents or chemical processes that have been known to irritate the skin. Criteria for the Seal of Acceptance™ include review of ingredients, formulation and contents, as well as safety, toxicity and skin sensitivity testing data.
The yearly non-refundable fee is required to continue use of the SOA logo. The date the License Agreement is created, is the date the renewal fee will be due each year. You will pay the same yearly fee as the initial application fee. The fee helps to cover operational and administrative expenses for the Seal of Acceptance™ program.
Once your SOA Application has been approved and the License Agreement has been signed, the SOA logo files will be sent to you along with the SOA usage guidelines. You can place the SOA logo on your packaging, social media and on your website. We ask that all SOA logo usage and wording around the SOA be approved by NEA first before printing or publishing.
Human Repeat Insult Patch Test (HRIPT) is a clinical study meaning a scientific experiment being performed on human subjects that are volunteers or testers of the topical product. Cumulative Irritation Test (CIT) is used to assess the irritancy of topical products on human skin.
A minimum of 50 subjects is required to fulfill the HRIPT and/or CIT test. We must receive a full “Final Report” with “Individual Scores” of each product you want to apply for. We do not accept products that have been tested on animals.
No, you do not have to have both tests completed. We prefer the HRIPT test but will accept the CIT. We will accept both tests if you have it.
Phototoxicity Report is needed for all sunscreens. If your product(s) has ingredients that react to light, we require a Phototoxicity report. We don’t require this test if there are ingredients that don’t react to light.
Phototoxicity test requires a minimum of 20 subjects.
The review process will include the applicant’s submission including all relevant data for review by the Seal of Acceptance™ Review Panel, established by the National Eczema Association. The number of members on the Seal of Acceptance™ Review Panel shall not be limited.
If your product(s) are accepted, you will receive an award letter. You will enter into a License Agreement with NEA that states the annual date when the renewal fee needs to be paid, along with the terms of payment, usage guidelines, and product review(s).
Once the License Agreement is signed by both parties, you will be provided with the Seal of Acceptance™ logo files and usage guidelines outlining the requirements on sizing and color. All usage of the SOA logo and any mention of NEA or the Seal of Acceptance™ must be approved in advance by NEA. Your product will receive a listing in the Seal of Acceptance™ product directory on the NEA website.
The Seal of Acceptance™ must be renewed annually to remain in good standing. A formula certification attesting to no changes and a renewal fee is required. If the fee is delinquent, we will ask you to “Cease and Desist” all use of the Seal of Acceptance™ and the product will be removed from our directory. You will no longer have rights to use the Seal of Acceptance™ Logo or make any mention of NEA.
If your product has been accepted and “minor” changes are made to the formula or ingredients where ingredients are added, removed, or concentration levels change, you will need to submit a “Change of Formulation” application. We will first review a side by side comparison of the ingredient changes and determine if a Change in Formulation is acceptable. Clinical safety testing and an application fee will be required. If the Change in Reformulation application is accepted, you may continue the use of the SOA. A Change in Formulation application process can take approximately 30 – 60 days to complete.
We can refer you to companies that conduct testing. Please fill out this form to receive a list of companies.
We can’t guarantee your product will pass but we will not accept your completed application and fee unless we feel the product has a reasonable chance of being accepted. Applications are reviewed by a blind panel of leading physicians in the field of allergy and dermatology. The application fee is non-refundable.
Once your product is accepted, we will ask you for all the necessary details and include the product details in our Seal of Acceptance™ product directory on our website.
The National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™ awards accepted products either a five- or four- star rating. This is based on the product’s ingredients, formulation, and submitted clinical safety testing. A product awarded five stars have no ingredients that are currently thought to have a sensitizing impact for eczema patients. Products awarded four stars contain ingredients that may be of concern to certain individuals but are acceptable for most. Ingredients of concern will be noted in the product review.
The Seal of Acceptance™ will be granted only to products that achieve 5- and 4- star rankings.
NEA will publish Seal of Acceptance™ disclaimers as it deems appropriate.
If an applicant who has been awarded the Seal of Acceptance™ wishes to market it beyond the recognition activities described above by conducting a promotion which displays the SOA program on the product or package itself and include the Seal of Acceptance™ in any advertising, point-of-sale, or other consumer promotion, the company must obtain prior approval from the National Eczema Association. NEA retains the right to review and approve any material or advertising in which the NEA or the Seal of Acceptance™ appears or is referenced. The following outlines the general conditions that will be applied:
The initial license agreement covers North America. A separate fee applies for additional regions.