The European Sunlight Association a.s.b.l. (ESA) was originally established in 2002 to promote benefits of sunbed use and provide balanced information on the risks and benefits of UV light. Today ESA is recognised by all stakeholders as the representative European association for and the voice of the European indoor tanning industry.
The European Sunlight Association (ESA) represents national indoor tanning associations and leading manufacturers of indoor tanning equipment. ESA currently has 24 members from 15 countries, of which 12 are EU countries. Through its national associations and individual company membership, ESA represents most indoor tanning facilities, manufacturers and distributors of indoor tanning equipment in Europe.
Indoor tanning facilities are mostly privately-owned small and medium-sized enterprises, which play a strong role in their local economy. The association represents some 20,000 indoor tanning facilities with approximately 120,000 sunbeds in use, employing nearly 130,000 people in Europe. The annual turnover of the indoor tanning industry (manufacturers, dealers and studios) is about 2.5 billion Euros. Note: The above numbers do not include businesses that provide indoor tanning as an additional service such as fitness studios, hairdressers, beauticians etc.
We, the voice of the European indoor tanning industry, pledge to:
We ask the EU and Member State governments for:
Federatie Belgische Solariums (FeBelSol), Belgium.
Česká Asociace Zdravého Opalování (ČAZO), Czech Republic.
Dansk Solarie Forening, Denmark.
Eesti Solaariumikoda, Estonia.
Bundesfachverband Besonnung e.V., Germany.
Magyar Szolárium Egyesület, Hungary.
Associação Nacional do Bronzeamento, Portugal.
PZS.Polski Związek Solaryjny, Poland.
Svensk Solarieförening, Sweden.
Photomed Solarien Verband AG, Switzerland.
Samenwerking Verantwoord Zonnen, The Netherlands.
The Sunbed Association, United Kingdom.
ESA is promoting safe, controlled and informed use of sunbeds in compliance with EU legislation.
For this purpose, ESA has developed a binding European Code of Conduct for every tanning studio affiliated with one of the member associations of the European Sunlight Association. This code indicates how the quality and safety of tanning and related services are to be carried out. Employees of these indoor tanning facilities are bound by this code.
Moreover, ESA wants to promote the image of a responsible sunbed’s industry by publicly showing that its members comply with the following set of rules:
The following Guidelines apply to ESA, including all working groups, individual members, and any sub-group within the association, irrespective of size and name.