FDA Proposes Ban on Use of Tanning Beds by Those Under 18By Amy Orciari Herman
Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH
The FDA on Friday proposed that use of sunlamp products, including tanning beds and booths, be prohibited among those under age 18. In addition, the agency recommended that adults 18 and older be required to sign a risk- acknowledgment form before using sunlamp products for the first time and every 6 months thereafter.
In 2014, the FDA imposed black-box warnings on sunlamps to note that they should not be used by minors given the associated increased risk for melanoma. In addition, the agency reports in its latest news release that sunlamp products account for over 3000 emergency department visits each year in the U.S.
Also on Friday, the FDA proposed a rule that would require sunlamp makers and tanning facilities to take steps to improve the devices' safety. Among the proposed regulations: sunlamps should have emergency shut-off buttons and more-prominent warnings.