FDA Likely to Tighten Tanning Bed Industry Regulations

March 30, 2010

The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The Food and Drug Administration is likely to increase regulations of tanning beds amid evidence they raise the risk of skin cancer beyond exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Because tanning beds aren't considered medical devices, the FDA can only regulate the emissions from the lamps used in the beds.

However, the agency is considering reclassifying the lamps, which would require tanning-bed makers to seek FDA approval of the beds before they are put on the market... read more