FDA Propos­ing Stricter Reg­u­la­tions for Tan­ning Beds

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WASH­ING­TON, D.C. – The FDA is propos­ing to raise the clas­si­fi­ca­tion for sun­lamps and tan­ning beds to a Class II level, which in­sti­tutes stricter reg­u­la­tions to pro­tect pub­lic health. Cur­rently, in­door tan­ning de­vices are Class I, the cat­e­gory for items as much po­ten­tial for harm as ad­he­sive ban­dages and tongue de­pres­sors. In 2010, the FDA con­vened an Ad­vi­sory Panel hear­ing to ex­am­ine the cur­rent clas­si­fi­ca­tion and reg­u­la­tions of tan­ning beds. Der­ma­tol­o­gists and re­searchers tes­ti­fied be­fore the panel high­light­ing the risks as­so­ci­ated with in­door tan­ning and the need to pro­tect the pub­lic from th­ese dan­gers. Fol­low­ing the hear­ing, the AADA has been work­ing closely with the FDA, and both state and fed­eral leg­is­la­tures to pro­tect mi­nors from the dan­gers of in­door tan­ning. With a re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion, tan­ning bed and lamp man­u­fac­tur­ers will be re­quired to show their prod­ucts have met cer­tain per­for­mance test­ing re­quire­ments. In ad­di­tion, tan­ning bed and lamp man­u­fac­tur­ers will be re­quired to la­bel the de­vices so they: * clearly in­form con­sumers about

the risks of us­ing tan­ning beds * warn fre­quent users of sun­lamps to be

reg­u­larly screened for skin can­cer and * alert users that tan­ning lamps are not rec­om­mended for peo­ple un­der 18 years old. Un­der the pro­posed changes, man­u­fac­tur­ers would be re­quired to pro­vide up­dated la­bel­ing for all prod­ucts on the mar­ket within one year of the FDA’s fi­nal or­der.

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