European Sunlight Association

voice of the european indoor tanning industry

European Safety Standards

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.

UV and Vitamin D Research

The European Sunlight Association promotes and finances research on the positive and negative effects of UV exposure.


ESA has developed a European Code of Conduct to guarantee that tanning studios are providing safe and responsible tanning.


The European Sunlight Association (ESA) represents national associations and individual companies. ESA currently has 24 members from 16 countries, of which 12 are EU countries.

news & events

October 11th, 2022
The Advantages and Risks of Sun Exposure

A recent study “Sun Exposure- Hazards and Benefits” by Pelle G. Lindqvist, Elisabeth Epstein and Mona Landin-Olsson provides an evidence-based response and a balanced update on advantages and risks of sun exposure, where […]

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May 12th, 2022
White Book “The Positive Effects of Sunlight”

The second edition of the ESA White Book provides an update of the current scientific knowledge focusing on the health effects of exposure to the sun and sunbeds, with a special focus on […]

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March 3rd, 2021
Tanning Studio COVID-19 Preventive Measures – Protocol

At these challenging times when COVID-19 measures must be carefully observed and implemented, inspired by the Belgian indoor tanning association’s initiative, we have prepared a set of recommendations in a form of a ‘protocol’ to […]

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