The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for proposing new regulations governing indoor tanning, including an age restriction for minors under the age of 18 as well as a risk-acknowledgement form that all adults must sign before using indoor tanning devices.
According to the AAD, statistics show that millions of people tan indoors annually and the risk of developing melanoma increases by 59% for individuals exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning—the risk increases with each use. If the FDA’s proposed rule becomes final, indoor tanning facilities would not be allowed to use indoor tanning devices on people under 18. AAD members and dermatologists are extremely pleased that the FDA has recognized this risk and is joining the 42 states that have already enacted tanning bed restrictions.
The AAD encourages the FDA to finalize its proposed rule.