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.
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:
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.