European Sunlight Association

voice of the european indoor tanning industry

The European Sunlight Association promotes and supports research projects aiming at improving the scientific understanding of positive and negative effects of UV exposure.


In the past, ESA has facilitated many research projects, workshops and conferences through sponsorship or personal input to kick-start more research in this field and to foster a broader and more balanced approach towards the risks and benefits of UV light.

Many researchers have confirmed meanwhile that the benefits of moderate UV exposure outweigh the risks for persons that do not belong to a higher risk group.

A lot of research has been done over the last decade, but there are still many open questions regarding the effects of UV exposure. ESA will continue to support new research and offers to be a platform for all stakeholders.


ESA is currently involved in preliminary works initiated by the European Commission in 2014 to reassess its recommendations on UV radiation emitted from sun beds.

Currently, the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) is updating the previous EC opinion on professional sun bed use from 2006. This is a normal process in order to check whether the „state-of-the-art“ in science has changed over the last 10 years regarding the effects of UV exposure.

ESA has provided the above committee with a list of relevant scientific publication from the last 10 years to facilitate its work.

Recently, ESA has compiled an updated Scientific Overview on the recently published studies.