An MP is seeking to introduce stricter regulation for sunbed use in England and Wales.
Cardiff North MP Julie Morgan yesterday presented a private member’s bill to the Commons, which if passed would stop under 18s using sun beds. It would also require that all sunbed use is supervised and that all users are aware of the potential risk of skin cancer.
Ms Morgan said: “For too long children have not been protected from using sunbeds. This bill would not only ensure that children are protected but that adults who do use sunbeds salons would have access to accurate health information.”
The bill has the backing of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales.
RCN Wales director Tina Donnelly said: “The lack of regulation of these facilities is a concern. An individual can set up a sun bed outlet without any training or knowledge of the health effects.”
She added: “As children are more susceptible than others to harm from ultraviolet rays, it is essential that safeguards are put in place to minimise the risk to this particular group and also to offer protection to the public at large.
“The use of coin operated sun beds encourages overuse, particularly by younger people. The lack of supervision at such premises represents a very high risk and these operations should be abolished,” said Ms Donelly.
Legislation to protect children from sun beds was implemented in Scotland on 1 December this year.