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MPs Want Ban on Unmanned Sunbeds in England

May 15, 2014
Public Health

sunbedThe All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin want to see new regulations introduced to ban so called ‘unmanned’ sunbeds in England. The beds are already banned in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales amid fears that they could give rise to cases of skin cancer.

British Association of Dermatologists spokesman Professor Harry Moseley, who sits on the all-party group, said “This proposed regulation would close loopholes, such as under-18s using unmanned tanning facilities, and see stricter enforcement for businesses that continue to irresponsibly use appliances that fail to meet standards, often producing radiant doses well over acceptable levels.”

Other recommendations include regular tests for exposure levels, analysis of customer skin type, the provision of safety goggles and relevant health information. The news comes as the leaders of Liverpool Council have asked the government for the powers to license tanning salons in the city. Currently licensing only applies in Wales, Scotland and London. Liverpool has some of the highest statistics for sunbed use in the country and whilst it is illegal for children under 18 to use sunbeds there is evidence to suggest that many still do.

Since 2000, the number of skin cancer cases amongst women in the city has risen by 129% which is more than double the UK average. In 2009 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organisation, classified sunbeds as a Class 1 carcinogen. 

You can view the proceedings of the All Parliamentary Group on Skin here