INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON NON‐IONIZING RADIATION PROTECTION
ICNIRP STATEMENT ON HEALTH ISSUES OF ULTRAVIOLET TANNING APPLIANCES USED FOR COSMETIC PURPOSES
PUBLISHED IN: HEALTH PHYSICS 84(1):119‐127; 2003 ICNIRP PUBLICATION – 2003 HEALTH ISSUES OF ULTRAVIOLET TANNING APPLIANCES USED FOR COSMETIC PURPOSES
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection*
l Low-pressure fluorescent tubes, emitting mostly UVA
or mostly UVB, with broad-band or narrowband emis-
Consumer d e m a n d for a cosmetic tan is the eco-
nomic basis of the “suntanning industry,” which devel-
l Filtered high pressure and high intensity discharge
ops and distributes equipment for commercial suntanning
lamps, emitting virtually only UVA or a mixture of
and markets suntanning services to consumers.
Tanning appliances are currently the subject of an
Exposure from sunbeds and other tanning ap-
international standard established by the International
pliances has the same potential risks as exposure to the
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC 1995), which has
UVR in solar radiation. The term “sunbed” is frequently
regulatory status in some countries. Four types of appli-
used to describe all tanning appliances consisting of
ances are recognized in this standard and defined by this
either a single UVR-emitting lamp (emitting UVA and/or
UVB radiation) as in some facial tanners or a number ofsuch lamps incorporated into a bed, canopy, panel, or any
UV type 1 appliances are those that emit UV radiation
such that the biological effect is caused by radiation
Potential adverse health effects of exposure to UVR
having wavelengths longer than 320 nm and charac-
are well documented and reasonably well quantified
terized by a relatively high irradiance 0.15 W m-2 )’
(WHO 1994). The purpose of this document is to
in the range 320 nm to 400 nm. The emission at
summarize the potential adverse effects of exposure to
wavelengths less than 320 nm is limited to 0.5 mW
ultraviolet radiation from tanning appliances and to
provide recommendations to minimize the risks of such
UV type 2 appliances are those that emit UV radiation
effects. Recommendations in this document apply o ly to
such that the biological effect is caused by radiation
the use of sunbeds for cosmetic purposes.
having wavelengths both shorter and longer than 320nm and characterized by a relatively high irradiance
0.15 W m-2;) in the range 320 nm to 400 nm. The
it-radiance at wavelengths less than 320 nm is in the
There are two distinctly different categories of
UV type 3 appliances are those that emit UV radiation
ultraviolet appliances used in tanning applications, each
such that the biological effect is caused by radiation
with different UVR emission characteristics and different
having wavelengths both shorter and longer than 320
requirements for filtering to eliminate undesirable wave-
nm and characterized by a limited it-radiance
W m - 2 ) in each UV radiation band; andUV type 4 appliances are those that emit UV radiation
such that the biological effect is mainly caused by
* ICNIRP c/o BfS, Institut fiir Strahlenhygiene, Ingolstaedter
radiation having wavelengths shorter than 320 nm (at
Landstr. 1, 85764 Oberschleissheim, Germany.
For correspondence or reprints contact: R. Matthes at the above
an irradiance greater than 0.15 W m -2, and in the
address, or email at email@example.com.
wavelength range 320-400 nm, the it-radiance is
The International Commission on Illumination (CIE) defines
UVR as optical radiation between 100 and 400 nm, and this spectralregion is divided into three photobiological spectral regions: UVC(l00-280 nm), UVB (280-315 nm) and UVA (315-400 nm).
All it-radiances are erythemally weighted. In their international
(Manuscript received 1 May 2002; accepted 23 July 2002)
standard, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), has
used the wave length ranges from 320-400 nm and <320 nm to
The emission characteristics and the health risks
Delayed tanning (neo-melanogenesis). The visible
associated with the use of each type of appliance are
pigmentation takes at least 3 d to develop and results
different (Gies et al. 1986). Type 4 appliances, associated
from exposure to UVA but is more effectively produced
with high levels of emission of UVB (280-3 15 nm), are
by UVB (Parrish et al. 1982; Gange et al. 1985).
intended to be used following medical advice and should
UVR-induced neo-melanogenesis is strongly dependent
not be used for tanning purposes, mainly because of the
on cellular responses arising from UVR-induced DNA
publicized association between UVB and skin cancer.
damage in cellular nuclei (Eller et al. 1996; Gilchrest et
Most of the appliances that are in use today are UVA-
al. 1996). Delayed tanning is more persistent than IPD
emitting (315-400 nm) appliances, UV types 1, 2, and 3.
and results from an increase in the number, size, and
The term “sunbeds” in this document refers to UV-
pigmentation of melanin granules (Bech-Thomsen et al.
emitting appliances of UV type 1, 2, and 3, although UV
1994). Exposure to UVB results also in an increase in the
type 4 appliances are still marketed to commercial
thickness and scattering properties of the epidermis
(outer layer of the skin) (Bech-Thomsen and Wulf 1995).
During the last decade, increasing evidence of long
Due, at least in part, to these processes, the tan obtained
term UVA-induced risks for the skin and the eye has led
from a pure UVA appliance, while perhaps cosmetically
the sun-tanning industry to increase the UVB content in
acceptable, is not as effective in protecting against
the emission spectrum of tanning lamps in order to more
further exposure to solar UVR as the equivalent pigmen-
closely simulate natural sun exposure. This change has
tation induced by exposure to solar radiation.
also permitted shorter tanning exposures. It is known that
The degree to which an individual successfully tans
the ratio of UVA to UVB in the solar spectrum changes
as the result of exposure on a sunbed depends critically
during the day and undergoes large variations according
on his/her skin phototype as judged by his/her ability to
to season and latitude. It is also important to recognize
tan and the susceptibility to sunburn as a result of
that there is no firm scientific evidence to indicate that
exposure to solar UVR. Different skin phototypes (clas-
tanning with either UVA-dominated or a UVB-
sified as phototypes I through VI) are presented in Table
dominated sources poses less risk; and, likewise, the use
1. In principle, the reaction of a person to UVR with
of a simulated solar spectrum is not necessarily “safer”
respect to tanning or sunburning is similar whether the
exposure is on a sunbed or to solar radiation.
Among users of artificial suntanning devices, persons
EFFECTS ON SKIN
of skin phototypes I and II, who do not tan well and/or whosunburn easily, are likely to be disappointed with the
cosmetic results of using a sunbed. It has also been
When skin is exposed to UVR, two distinct tanning
recognized that many users experience minor adverse cuta-
neous effects such as mild erythema, itching, and skin
Immediate pigment darkening (IPD). IPD begins
dryness (Diffey 1986; Rivers et al. 1989; Diffey et al. 1990).
immediately on exposure to UVR and is caused by the
Individual users of tanning appliances and attendants at
darkening of the pigment melanin that is already present
tanning salons may incorrectly evaluate individual skin
in the skin; it is normally seen only in people who have
sensitivity to UVR and underestimate the user’s sensitivity.
at least a moderate constitutive tan. Such pigmentation
begins to fade within a few minutes after cessation of
exposure. Radiation between 320 and 400 nm is regarded
Minor sunburn is a skin reddening (actinic ery-
as being most effective for IPD (Irwin et al. 1993).
thema) that appears up to 12 h after UVR exposure. Table 1. Classification of skin phototypes based on their susceptibility to sunburn in sunlight and their ability to tan (Fitzpatrick et al. 1995).
phototype Sun sensitivity Sunburn susceptibility” Tanning ability Classes of individuals
I Very sensitive Always sunburn (<2 SED) No tan Melano-compromizedbIT Moderately sensitive High (2-3 SED) Light tan
III Moderately insensitive Moderate (3-5 SED) Medium tan Melano-competentIV Moderately resistant Low (5-7 SED) Dark tan Melano-competentV Resistant Very low (7-10 SED) Natural brown skin Melano-protectedVI Very resistant Extremely low (> 10 SED) Natural black skin Melano-protected
a The ranges of SEDs in parentheses are only indicative. b Melano-compromized individuals have a greater risk of developing skin cancers than melano-competent individuals.
Health issues of ultraviolet tanning appliances ICNIRP 121
Erythema gradually fades after a few days, replaced by
been limited to non-melanoma skin cancer, and such
some tanning in individuals with tanning capability.
estimates necessarily require a number of assumptions
Severe sunburn is painful and results in inflammation,
such as the dose-response function, the use of ecological
blistering, and peeling of the skin. Aside from photoim-
rather than individual-based data to estimate the relation
munological effects (discussed later), systemic effects of
between UV exposure and risk, the extent of natural
severe sunburn are unknown except for transient fever.
exposure, and neglecting its intermittency. For example,
Sunburn severity depends critically on skin phototype
estimates of the risk of incidence of NMSC due to the use
(Table 1) and UV dose. For fair-skinned people (skin
of UVA sunbeds suggest a doubling of risk for no more
phototypes I and II, melano-compromised), the relative
than 20 sessions per year over 30 y in Northern Europe
effectiveness of UVR for tanning and for erythema is
population (Diffey 1987). Despite these health risks, if
approximately the same over the entire range of UVB
individuals insist on acquiring a tan, there are conclu-
and UVA wavelengths (Parrish et al. 1982). For people
sions that can be drawn from the scientific data to
who tan well and who rarely sunburn (skin phototypes III
minimize risk such as presented in the recommendation.
and IV, melano-competent), the tanning efficacy of UVA
Based upon a modeling of human skin-cancer risk
is higher than its erythemal efficacy (Gange et al. 1985).
(Diffey 1987), 10 sessions of 30 min per year will
For a given sunbed type, there is a range of radiant
increase by 5% the risk of skin cancer compared with
exposures which can be expressed in terms of Standard
non-users of solaria. A “safe” level of solarium use does
Erythemal Dose (SED) unit related to the Minimal
Cutaneous malignant melanoma (MM), while much
effects in people of different skin phototypes.
less frequent than NMSC, is much more serious andaccounts for the majority of deaths from skin cancer. Skin cancer
There are some mammalian data (Ley et al. 1989; Ley
The most serious long-term effects attributed to
1997) for MM that indicate a strong UVB melanoma
UVR exposure of the skin are the skin cancers (IARC
etiology, but these data are not entirely consistent with
1992). Squamous and basal cell carcinomas are common,
data from a fish melanoma model that indicate a strong
rarely fatal forms of skin cancer, which are often referred
implication of UVA in addition to UVB in the induction
to collectively as non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs).
of fish melanoma (Setlow 1993). The animal models
Experimental studies clearly indicate that UVA and UVB
demonstrate an increased impact of neonatal exposure on
can cause squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) in mice. The
tumor induction including malignancy (Robinson et al.
same effects are likely in humans (Sterenborg 1987; van
2000; Noonan et al. 2001). The evidence for the indict-
Weelden et al. 1988). The erythemal potential of a UVR
ment of sunlight as a causal agent is limited to epidemi-
source is gaining acceptance as a reasonable approxima-
ological data. The data indicate that intermittent exposure
tion for a quantitative measure of its carcinogenic poten-
to high levels of solar UVR, particularly at an early age,
tial (Cole et al. 1985). A series of publications (Berg et
may be a contributing causal factor (for recent review see
al. 1993; de Gruijl et al. 1993; de Gruijl and van der Leun
Armstrong and Kricker 1995; Gilchrest et al. 1999). The
1994; de Gruijl and Forbes 1995) has been a source for
individual risk of MM is higher in people who have a
the proposal of an action spectrum for photocarcinogen-
large number of nevi (moles) and who sunburn readily
esis by CIE TC 6-32 (CIE 2000). It will be used to
and tan poorly with exposure to solar UVR. Some data
evaluate the maximal number of authorized yearly ses-
suggesting an association between the use of sunbeds and
sions as the basis of a recommendation in the next
an increased risk of MM have been published, but it is
revision of the international standard, IEC 335-2-27.
unclear as to the relative importance of UVB, UVA, and
Efforts to estimate the increased risk of a series of
other factors (especially, general sun-seeking behavior)
tanning sessions have been made; however, these have
in causing this association (Swerdlow et al. 1988; Walteret al. 1990; Autier et al. 199 1; Higgins and du Vivier
A minimum erythemal dose (MED) is defined as the UVR
1992; Westerdahl et al. 1994; Autier et al. 1994; Spencer
exposure that will produce a “just noticeable” erythema on previously
and Amonette 1995; Stem et al. 1997; Miller et al. 1998;
unexposed skin of an individual. If the exposure is spectrally weightedby the CIE erythemal action spectrum, the MED corresponds to an
Swerdlow and Weinstock 1998; Westerdahl et al. 2000).
effective radiant exposure expressed in Standard Erythemal Dose (SED)
Taken collectively, both experimental and epidemi-
units, depending on individual skin phototype (Table 1). Erythemally
ological data on skin cancer all indicate that cumulative
effective it-radiances (W m - 2 eff.), expressed in SEDs per hour, can becalculated for any source of UVR using spectral k-radiance data for the
exposure increases the risk for skin cancers. This in-
source, at the point of interest, and the relative spectral weighting factors
cludes childhood exposures. Therefore, the added expo-
for erythema, promulgated by the CIE (McKinlay and Diffey 1987;CIE/ISO 1999). One SED (Diffey et al. 1997) is a CIE/ISO official unit,
sure from UV tanning appliances is likely to add to the
and effective radiant exposure of 100 J m -2.
detrimental consequences of natural solar exposure. Premature skin aging Other skin effects
There is considerable evidence that cumulative
People who have excessively used UVA sunbeds have
UVR (UVA and UVB) exposure results in premature
exhibited increased skin fragility and blistering (Farr- et al.
skin aging characterized by a dry, coarse, leathery, and
1988; Murphy et al. 1989) and atypical melanocytic lesions
wrinkled appearance. It has been clearly demonstrated
(Jones et al. 1987; Williams et al. 1988; Roth et al. 1989;
that UVA causes skin damage in mice (Kligman et al.
Salisbury et al. 1989; Kadunce et al. 1990).
1987; Bissett et al. 1989). Similar effects might be
expected in humans as a result of excessive use of
Photodermatosis and photosensitivity
Polymorphic light eruption (PLE) is a common
Daily exposures to suberythemogenic purely UVA
photodermatosis readily produced in some people by
within the spectral region 320-400 nm for 8 d or
exposure to UV sunbed radiation (Rivers et al. 1989).
exposure to longer UVA wavelengths between 340-400
Other photoaggravated dermatoses such as systemic
nm for 2 mo result in cumulative morphological skin
lupus erythematosus are also exacerbated by the use of
alterations, which are indicative of tissue injury (Lavker
UV sunbeds (Stern and Docken 1986). Certain medicines
et al. 1995; Lowe et al. 1995; Seité et al. 1998). In a
and chemical and topical products (Table 2) such as
5-year longitudinal study of women who used or did not
perfumes and lotions may cause skin photosensitization
use tanning salons (Piérard 1998), serious modifications
of skin elasticity and extensibility were found in thetanning salon user group. In that group, the severity of
skin disorders was inversely correlated with their natural
UVR exposure causes localized skin and systemic
pigment capacities. It has been concluded from the study
modifications due to photoimmunological reactions
that the unremitting use of sunbeds induces a functional
(Noonan and De Fabo 1990), also a particular concern
decline of the dermis resembling premature aging.
with UVA sunbed radiation (Hersey et al. 1988; Rivers et
Table 2. Agents producing photosensitivity.
Agents producing photosensitivity at local administration
Sulphonamides and related chemicals n.a.a
Disinfectants (salicylanilide compounds n.a. phototoxic and
Phenothiazines (creams, dyes and n.a. Coal tar and derivatives (phenolic n.a. phototoxic
Essential oils (perfumes and colognes) n.a. phototoxic
Furocoumarines compounds (psoralens) n.a. phototoxic
Cadmium sulphide (tattoos) n.a. phototoxic
Agents producing photosensitivity after oral or parenteral administration
Non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs
Health issues of ultraviolet tanning appliances ICNIRP 123
al. 1989). The clinical improvement of atopic dermatitis
with sub-erythemal UVA exposure indicates that UVR is
At least for the chronic effects of exposure to solar
able to modify substantially normal and pathological
radiation and to radiation from conventional light
immunological reactions. UVB radiation can promote the
sources, the most important retinal damage mechanism is
development of skin cancer, perhaps by suppressing the
immune system allowing the tumor to escape immune
(Sliney and Wolbarsht 1980). The gradual brunescence
surveillance (Duthie et al. 1999). The action spectra in
of the lens as it ages results in its decreased transmission
the UVB for mixed lymphocyte reaction and mixed
of blue-light and of UVR thereby affording increased
epidermal cell lymphocyte reaction were found to be
protection to the retina. Young children and people who
similar to the induction of thymine dimers upon DNA
have had a lens surgically removed (aphakes) are at a
higher risk of retinal damage from UVR and blue-light.
There is also evidence that exposure to UVR can
Until the last decade, many implanted artificial lens did
activate and accelerate the growth of human viruses
not effectively absorb UVA. Macular injuries to two
(Otani and Mori 1987; Perna et al. 1987), including
tanning booth users were mentioned in one study but not
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (Zmudzka and
confirmed (Walters and Kelley 1987).
Beer 1990), and have effects on infectious disease
The crystalline lens and cornea serve in considerable
(Halliday and Norval 1997). At present, the significance
measure to protect the retina from most UV tanning
of these observations with respect to human health is
booth radiation, even without protective goggles. As
unclear. The effects of UVA exposure on the immune
discussed previously, the crystalline lens blocks UVR
system are even more uncertain (Schwarz 1998; Vermeer
below 400 nm and the cornea blocks UVR below 300
nm, but trace amounts of UV-B radiation between 300and 315 nm may reach the retina (Boettner and Wolter
OCULAR EFFECTS The cornea
The principal adverse effect of the absorption of
The use of protective eyewear (goggles) will prevent
UVR (UVC and UVB) by the cornea is termed photo-
exposure of the eyes to harmful levels of UVR and
keratitis (“welder’s flash” or “snow-blindness”), and
blue-light. This represents a very important issue for
damage is generally limited to the epithelial (front
sunbed exposures since an individual is normally pro-
surface) cells of the cornea (Sliney and Wolbarsht 1980).
tected from most of the overhead solar UVR by geomet-
After a 6- to 12-h latent period that depends inversely on
rical shading by the brow ridge and upper lids. The
the severity of the exposure, there is severe cornea1 pain,
exposure from sunbeds is geometrically greatly different.
Furthermore, oblique rays can be focused into the nasal
symptoms are terribly distressing (with incapacitation),
equatorial region of the lens (Coroneo et al. 1991). UVR
but typically resolve in 24 h. There is some evidence of
can only reach the critically important germinative re-
possible long-term effects of UVR absorption by the
gion of the lens by the focusing of oblique rays. Eyewear
cornea (Taylor et al. 1989) and evidence of endothelial
that does not incorporate side protection is not suitable to
Transmission of UVA to the lens is much greater
CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
than that of UVB. Animal data indicate that thresholdlenticular damage is limited mainly to UVR exposure in
A review of scientific evidence shows that solar
the 295 to 325 nm wavelength band. Experimental
UVR is a cause of squamous cell cancer, basal cell
spectral efficiency for acute cataracts in laboratory ani-
cancer, and cutaneous melanoma as well as causing
mals has been measured only in this spectral region.
accelerated skin aging and other adverse health effects.
Although UVA sunbeds produce limited 295-325 nm
Because of this strong evidence on the adverse health
radiation, it should not be inferred that UVA is safe with
effects of UVR, even though there is not conclusive
respect to lens exposure. Crystalline lens aging is char-
direct evidence that sunbed exposure causes skin cancer,
acterized in part by loss of elasticity and browning
it is ICNIRP’s view that any use of suntanning appli-
(brunescence), both of which may be caused partly by
ances is likely to raise the risk of cancer. This risk is
UVA. Certain medicines may act as UVA photosensitiz-
particularly high for people having skin phototypes I and
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ICNIRP, therefore, recommends against the use ofW-emitting appliances for tanning or other non-medicalA. Swerdlow (UK), since 2000L. Szabo (Hungary), until 2000purposes. The following groups are at particularly highrisk of incurring adverse health effects from UVR, andtherefore should be particularly counseled against theR. Matthes, Scientific Secretary (Germany)M.H. Repacholi, Chairman Emeritus (Switzerland)
People who have skin phototypes I or II;Children (i.e., less than 18 y of age);People who have large numbers of nevi (moles);
During the preparation of this document, the composition of the ICNIRPStanding Committee IV and task group was: D.H. Sliney (USA), Chairman
Individuals who have a history of frequent childhood
J-P. Césarini (France) F. R. de Gruijl (The Netherlands) B.L. Diffey (U.K.)M. Hietanen (Finland) M.A. Mainster (USA) T. Okuno (Japan) B.E. Stuck
People who have premalignant or malignant skinlesions;
People who have sun-damaged skin;Those who are wearing cosmetics. These may enhance
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center case-control study in Belgium, France, and Germany.
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