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.
ESA cooperated with EU policy-makers to promote fast adoption and implementation of the 0.3W/m2 limit on UV radiation emitted from sunbeds which the EU adopted as mandatory standard in 2007 (EN 60335-2-27). Under this standard, a sunbed session shall have a maximum UV output that corresponds to the mid-day Mediterranean sun (UV index of 12) to avoid any risk of burns and to reduce the likelihood of accident due to long exposure.
This engagement continues today, as ESA actively participates in preliminary work initiated by the European Commission to reassess standards and its coherence with the objectives defined in the Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU).
ESA has also taken several initiatives of its own to ensure tanning services in comply with EU legislation:
In 2012, the European Sunlight Association started a major initiative by developing a new European Standard on training for and service provision by sunbed operators, in cooperation with CENELEC (one of the main European standardization bodies) and the Austrian Standards Institute (ASI).
This work took three years and was carried out jointly with stakeholders such as the European Cancer Leagues (ECL) and the European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC). The standard (EN 16489) was approved in 2014 and ESA together with its members is currently working to implement it across the EU. This would be greatly helped if governments or the EU decided to make it mandatory or at least reference it in any regulation of sunbeds.
The Training and Services Standard consists of three parts:
ESA has also developed a certification, training & labelling scheme for this new standard in cooperation with ASI to facilitate its national implementation. A pilot project was recently launched in the United Kingdom and is ongoing. More countries should follow in the future.