The new EU Biocidal Products Regulation, No 528/2012, has recently been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Regulation will apply from 1st September 2013 at which time Directive 98/8/EC, that contains the current law in this area, will be repealed.
Use of sunbeds by children
A Bill to prevent children using sunbeds was introduced into the Dail in June 2012. The Prohibition on Use by Children of Sunbeds and Tanning Devices Bill 2012 will prohibit sunbeds to be used by or on a child. The Bill as currently drafted provides for severe penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment and fines of €5,000.00.
The Bill is designed to reduce the incidents of skin cancer among children and and follows similar legislation enacted in the United Kingdom in 2011.