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UK regulation Act April 2011

As a result of the major Public Health Concern regarding the increased number of un-manned commercial outlets, and coin operated outlets, the UK introduced a legislation in April 2011 to regulate the use of sunbeds by people under 18 years of age, and also the sale or hire of sunbeds to people under 18 years.  The Act additionally require operators to provide sun bed users with information on the health effects of sunbeds. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also provide information  and guidance on the use of sunbeds.


The Sunbed Association (TSA) currently represents 20% of all UK sunbed operators. It was funded in 1995 as a trade association for the UK sunbed industry. Membership to the TSA is voluntary. All members must follow a code of practice which incorporates aspects of the British Standards Institution (2003), the HSE guidance note on tanning equipment and the British and European Standards (BS EN 60335-2-27:2003).