FDA Proposes Tanning Bed Age Limit
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016 12:00 AM

The FDA is working to introduce rules restricting sunlamp usage.

The FDA has proposed two regulations for tanning bed use, one restricting use of sunlamp products to individuals 18 and older, and another requiring certain safety features on the equipment.

Under the proposed regulations, first-time users would have to sign a risk acknowledgment certification, stating that they have been told about the risks that come with use of sunlamp products. They would also be required to sign the certification every 6 months.

The proposed rules will be available for a 90-day public comment period at www.regulations.gov starting Dec. 21, the FDA said.

Specific changes that tanning bed salons would need to implement under the proposal include:

  • Making warnings more prominent

  • Requiring an emergency shut-off switch

  • Limiting the amount of light through protective eyewear

  • Improving labeling on replacement bulbs

  • Prohibiting uncertified and potentially dangerous device modifications such as adding stronger bulbs

In July of last year, the Surgeon General issued a "call to action" to prevent skin cancer, which included strategies for reducing the number of minors that frequent tanning salons. According to the CDC, there's an average of more than 3,000 emergency room visits related to indoor tanning each year. There are about 18,000 indoor tanning salons in the U.S., and up to 20,000 other facilities with tanning services, the agency added.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/Dermatology/GeneralDermatology/55317