European Sunlight Association

voice of the european indoor tanning industry

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 likelihood of accident due to long exposure.

This engagement continues today, as ESA participates in preliminary works initiated by the European Commission to reassess these standards and their compliance with the objectives defined in the European Directive 2006/95/EC on electrical appliances.

ESA has also taken several own-led initiatives to support tanning services in complying with EU legislation.

  • ESA has developed a European Code of Conduct for tanning services, as well as training materials for tanning studios.
  • ESA also organises information seminars in cooperation with national associations in the Member States.

European Standard EN16489

In 2012, the European Sunlight Association started the development of a new European Standard on training & service provision in cooperation with CENELEC (one of the main European standardization bodies) and the Austrian Standards Institute (ASI).
This standard (EN16489) was developed over a period of three years together 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 was approved in 2014 and is currently being implemented all over the EU.

It consists of three parts:

  1. Requirements with regard to the provision of training: it specifies the learning contents essential for the training of indoor UV exposure consultants, as well as the procedures of how the qualification of the trainees shall be provided and assessed.
  2. Required qualification and competence of the indoor UV exposure consultants: it specifies the requirements which are essential for the knowledge and skills, competence, and qualification of indoor UV exposure consultants.
  3. Requirements for the provision of services: it defines the requirements for and assessment of the service provision of indoor UV exposure facilities, and contributes to further strengthening consumer protection and safety with regard to professionally-offered indoor tanning services.

The ESA has recently 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.