Use of Indoor Tanning Devices by Minors
Chapter 691 of the 2008 session of the Maryland General Assembly requires that “an owner, employee or operator of a tanning facility may not allow a minor under the age of 18 years to use a tanning device unless the minor’s parent or legal guardian provides written consent on the premises of the tanning facility and in the presence of an owner, employee, or operator of a tanning facility.” The legislation authorizes the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to adopt regulations to accomplish this goal.
New Consent Form
On November 15, 2013, the Department issued a revised parental consent form to be used by indoor tanning facilities for individuals under 18 years of age. The revised consent form can be found here. Notice will be sent to operators and the consent form should be used beginning December 15, 2013.
The new consent form was adopted after an extensive stakeholder process, including opportunities for public comment and testimony.
Throughout the process, many comments were received and feedback was directly solicited from the Council on Cancer Control and the Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council.
In addition, on July 12, 2013, the Department sent a letter to the Maryland General Assembly providing an update on the progress to date in revising the form and indicating the next steps in the process. The letter can be found here.