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Pale-Skin Ban, User Registry, User Fees Advised for Tanning Beds

FDA Panel: New Tanning Bed Restrictions Needed

Response to Panel's Proposed Tanning Bed Restrictions

Medical groups praised the panel's recommendations.

"The skin cancer and dermatologic communities came together and presented compelling personal stories and rigorous scientific evidence demonstrating the dangers of indoor tanning," Allan Halpern, MD, vice president of the Skin Cancer Foundation, says in a news release. "The advisory panel made excellent recommendations and now it's up to the FDA to take action."

The panel's recommendations are another blow to the tanning industry, which just last week was hit by a 10% tax as part of the health care reform law.

The Indoor Tanning Association, which represents the 18,000 tanning salons in the U.S., says it "respectfully disagrees" with the panel recommendations.

In a statement provided to WebMD, the group says it feels that current FDA regulations are sufficient to protect "the millions of Americans who use our services each year."

"Industry standard practices already are far more stringent than the current FDA regulations require," the statement says. "In fact, the U.S. tanning industry abides by the strongest set of industry regulations found anywhere in the world."

The Indoor Tanning Association says tanning salons already:

  • Provide customers with information on tanning bed risks via a signed consent form
  • Require teen users to have a parent's signed approval
  • Train staff members to recommend tanning schedules tailored to each customer’s skin type to avoid sunburn or overexposure

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