Looking to get a natural glow before summer by hitting up your local tanning salon? If you are under the age of 18, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to limit your exposure by imposing a tanning bed age limit.
In a recent report, the FDA has been given approval to issue warnings concerning the use of tanning beds and its link to skin cancer. Information to be included in the warnings is as follows. One, only those ages 18-years-old and above should use tanning beds. And two, a message about the risk of developing skin cancer must also be shown. The time and radiation limit will also be regulated by new policies the FDA is looking to put in place.
The new reclassification requires noticeably placed, black-box warnings to be attached to the devises, and declaring that the products should not be utilized by those under the age of 18.
They are also requiring that specific marketing materials used for the UV lamps and sunlamp products also include warning statements against utilizing the products and explicating why.
The USFDA says that sunlamp products in the form of tanning booths and/or tanning beds release harmful UV rays that can increase the risk of skin cancer in people.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, those who are exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning beds, tend to suffer from a 59 percent increase in the chance of developing melanoma, which is considered to be the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and the threat increases each time they use a sunlamp product.
By imposing a tanning bed age limit, they hope to reduce the risk of exposing teenagers to harmful UV rays as the urge to be tan becomes more alluring.
The government scrutiny means that manufacturers must also show their products are also actually meeting specific performance testing requirements, and take into consideration product design characteristics.
FDA Seeks To Raise Tanning Bed Age Limit To 18-Years-Old