European Sunlight Association

voice of the european indoor tanning industry

European Safety Standards

ESA actively engages with EU policy-makers to define and implement operating standards in sunbed services across Europe, ensuring the highest possible level of safety.

UV and Vitamin D Research

The European Sunlight Association promotes and finances research on the positive and negative effects of UV exposure.


ESA has developed a European Code of Conduct to guarantee that tanning studios are providing safe and responsible tanning.


The European Sunlight Association (ESA) represents national associations and individual companies. ESA currently has 26 members from 18 countries, of which 16 are EU countries.

news & events

September 23rd, 2016
Interview in PAN Science & Technology: On the bright side

In this interview, European Sunlight Association (ESA) spokesman Gary Lipman reflects on the imbalanced reporting of UV exposure, which the ESA believes is demonising sunshine and contributing to reduced levels of Vitamin D […]

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September 8th, 2016
Op-ed on EurActiv: EU’s sunbed safety assessment clouded by bias

An upcoming assessment by a European Commission committee on the risks of UV radiation and sunbeds is hamstrung by in-built bias and a failure to comprehensively address all the issues, warns Frank Harbusch. […]

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August 17th, 2016
New press release: Enjoy the sun! 4 benefits of spending time in the sun

Especially during summer the question comes up if it is beneficial or dangerous to spend time in the sun or not. After having read this article you will have an overview of why […]

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