A new report funded by Cancer Research UK, has found that Ultraviolet radiation limits in hundreds of sunbeds are being exceeded.
The research was carried out between October 2010 and February 2011.
The Sunbed Association represents the companies that manufacture and operate tanning stations.
The findings of this study are two years out of date. If the study was undertaken today, the results would be dramatically different.
Sunbeds have been required to have a maximum UV output since 2009 and the Sunbed Association has been working with its members, non-members and the enforcement departments within local authorities since that time to inform about the change in UV emission levels, advise how to become compliant and ensure compliance.
There has never been a safer time to use a sunbed.
Research carried out by scientists from the University of Dundee have found that hundreds of sunbeds exceed radiation limits.
They said that of the 402 sunbeds tested, between October 2010 and February 2011, only 10% of them complied with safety limits.
The development of high-power sunlamps, along with clear failures of the sunbed industry to regulate themselves effectively, is putting young people at an even greater risk of skin cancer than we previously thought.
We hope that these findings will make people think twice before using sunbeds as you can't be sure how much radiation you're exposing yourself to when you try to top up a tan.
– Prof. Harry Moseley, consultant medical physicist at University of Dundee