FDA Proposing Stricter Regulations for Tanning Beds
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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