Photopatch testing: Recommendations for a European photopatch test baseline series

Margarida Gonçalo, James Ferguson, Annie Bonevalle, Derk P. Bruynzeel, Ana Giménez-Arnau, An Goossens, Alastair Kerr, Mario Lecha, Norbert Neumann, Bo Niklasson, Paolo Pigatto, Lesley E. Rhodes, Thomas Rustemeyer, Robert Sarkany, Pierre Thomas, Mark Wilkinson

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In order to establish a consensus recommendation for performing photopatch testing, a photopatch test taskforce group was established under the joint umbrella of the European Society for Contact Dermatitis and the European Society for Photodermatology in 2000. After proposing the most adequate methodology in 2004 and completing a European multicentre photopatch test study in 2011, this taskforce is recommending a list of photoallergens that should form part of a baseline series for photopatch testing in Europe. It contains mainly ultraviolet filters and drugs, mostly non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The choice of chemicals was based on the results of a recent multicentre study, previous published cases of photoallergy, and use of the substances in the European market. It is suggested that an extended list of photoallergens should be photopatch tested in selected cases, along with patients' own products. Two contact allergens, cinnamyl alcohol and decyl glucoside, should be simultaneously patch tested in order to clarify photopatch and patch test reactions, respectively, to ketoprofen and methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol (Tinosorb M™).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-243
Number of pages5
JournalContact Dermatitis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013



  • baseline series
  • NSAIDs
  • photoallergens
  • photopatch test
  • UV filters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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Gonçalo, M., Ferguson, J., Bonevalle, A., Bruynzeel, D. P., Giménez-Arnau, A., Goossens, A., Kerr, A., Lecha, M., Neumann, N., Niklasson, B., Pigatto, P., Rhodes, L. E., Rustemeyer, T., Sarkany, R., Thomas, P., & Wilkinson, M. (2013). Photopatch testing: Recommendations for a European photopatch test baseline series. Contact Dermatitis, 68(4), 239-243.