Basic information about the standard EN 60335-2-27

The so-called "European standard of tanning at 0.3 W/m2 is the result of the European Commission, which approved the EN 60335-2-27 directive on October 1, 2008. This largely concerns the limitation of radiation of tanning devices to 0.3 W/m². After a six-month transitional period, the provisions of the new standards apply in all EU member states as of April 1,  2009. These rules apply to new tanning devices that have been introduced to the market since April 1, 2009.

Why is the standard 0.3 W/m? This is the maximum value of the ultraviolet radiation that occurs under natural conditions on earth. Strictly speaking this is the value of radiation at the equator, at noon, on a clear day.

A limited radiance of 0.3 W/m² allows for far more subtle tanning as opposed to previous tanning beds on the market. This also allows for longer tanning times  - even several times longer . The introduction of this restriction is a result of concern for the safety and health of users of tanning salons as well as an attempt to normalize the situation in an industry that has recently been heavily exposed to media attacks. Reducing the emissions of UV radiation is done primarily by reducing the scope of UVB radiation, which is responsible for causing erythema and burns. Introducing the new standard is beneficial information for the owners of tanning salons, although most of them are afraid of its consequences and, morevover, customers' reactions to  longer and more expensive tanning sessions. It is important to note, however, that if the length of a tanning session were to double, it does not necessarily mean a salon owner will have to charge double. Other EU countries which have introduced the new legislation have proven that such a change has not driven away customers, and has even drawn undecided customers to salons. The owners of salons have also found that such changes were necessary, if only to say confidently that tanning in a salon is completely safe.

The standards contained in the new legislation also applies to other areas,  and not only to the reduction of UV radiation from tanning devices. There are also guidelines and instructions for sunbathing, the need to inform customers about the risks of exposure to UV radiation, etc.

The second half of the standards specify the labelling of UV lamps, which manufacturers will be forced to include as of October 1, 2011. They will be used, for example, to match a lamp to a given device.

Once again, it is important to emphasize that the new standard applies to all released to market after April 1, 2009. Each EU member state is required to normalize their own market situation for already existing devices.



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