Tanning Bed Regulations
Are tanning beds safe? Currently the Food and Drug Administration says they are.
But at an FDA hearing today, regulators will consider new rules that could result in additional restrictions and warnings about tanning beds.
Last summer the World Health Organization found that indoor tans from a tanning bed represent the same cancer causing concerns as ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
The Melanoma Research Foundation says the ultraviolet radiation from tanning lamps before the age of 30 increases the risk of melanoma by 75 percent.
“Given the scientific evidence, that’s something we now know to be false,” says Dr. David Fischer a member of the group’s scientific advisory committee.
The other side of the argument comes from the Indoor Tanning Association, a lobby group which claims the government is already regulating the industry.
It says warnings about UV radiation exposure are “exaggerated.”
FDA regulators may ask an expert panel to consider some precautionary steps and changing the regulations. Tanning beds or booths are considered a medical device that is regulated as any Class I medical device such as a bandage and seek FDA approval for sale, bypassing any safety assessment.
The American Cancer Society notes that there were nearly 69,000 new cases of melanoma last year. 8,600 died from the disease, reports CBS News.
The Tanning Bed Cancer Control Act of 2010 was recently introduced into the House by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, (D-NY) to help prevent “the occurrence of cancerresulting from the use of ultraviolet tanning lamps by imposing more stringent controls on the use of such devices."
The nation’s new health care reform bill imposes a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning salons. #