AACI and AACR Support Proposed Rule to Regulate Indoor Tanning

In March, AACI joined the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in submitting comments supporting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recently released proposed rule to prevent persons under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities, and to require indoor tanning facility customers over the age of 18 to initially sign paperwork acknowledging the risks of indoor tanning and to sign paperwork every six months thereafter.

In January of 2015, AACI and AACR joined 18 other organizations in signing a joint position statement on indoor tanning. The statement cited The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s classification that UV radiation from tanning devices is carcinogenic to humans. The groups urged the passage of state and federal legislation to prohibit the use of indoor tanning by minors under 18; educational efforts that effectively communicate the risks of indoor tanning to teens and their parents; and counter-advertising to de-normalize the perceived ‘beauty’ of tanned skin. These efforts were spearheaded by Alan Geller, MPH, RN, Harvard School of Public Health, and Jeff Gershenwald, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

In July of 2015, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) called on the FDA to issue a nationwide ban on indoor tanning for minors. In December of 2015, FDA published its proposal.

In comments submitted last month, AACI and AACR expressed strong support for the rule and urged the FDA to finalize and implement the rule as quickly as possible, and to consider strong enforcement mechanisms for the rule.

AACI and AACR leaders stated that, “by prohibiting the use of indoor tanning facilities by those under age 18 and requiring indoor tanning facility customers over the age of 18 to sign paperwork acknowledging the risks of indoor tanning, it is our hope that minors and adults will be further protected from this dangerous practice and ultimately, the rates of skin cancer can be reduced.”