Mississippi State Department of Health

Indoor Tanning Facilities


Indoor tanning raises the risk of skin cancer, especially in children and younger adults. MSDH regulates tanning facilities, equipment and operation.

Safe Tanning

For Tanning Facility Operators

Application Requirements

The following items must be submitted to register a new tanning facility.

Online Payments

Fees and other payments related to tanning facilities must be made electronically through MSDH's online payment portal.

Tanning Unit Labeling

Recent rule changes by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require that stickers, emblems or labels bearing the following information be placed on all new and existing tanning beds/booths by August 26, 2015.

Attention: This sunlamp product should not be used on persons under the age of 18 years.

Section 21 CFR 878.4635(b)(6)(A) of the FDA Code of Federal Regulations addresses the new requirements. This change was made as the result of FDA reclassifying tanning units from Class I (general controls) which are exempt from premarket notification to Class II (special controls) which require premarket notification.

How does this affect you?

For questions or concerns, contact the MSDH Office of Environmental Health at 601-576-7690.

Training for Tanning Operators

The following are sources for training and certification for operation of a tanning device.

Links referenced
Indoor Tanning and Skin Cancer    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning.htm
The Risks of Indoor Tanning    http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm213022.htm
What Tanning Type Are You?    http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/are-you-at-risk/fitzpatrick-skin-quiz
Tanning Facility Regulations    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,0,401,60,html
Excise tax information    http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Excise-Tax-on-Indoor-Tanning-Services-Frequently-Asked-Questions
Ultraviolet Radiation Warning Statement    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,6292,401,pdf/DangerUV.pdf
Photosensitizing Medications List    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,6495,401,pdf/PhotosensitizingMedications.pdf
Application Form    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,6380,401,pdf/Form169.pdf
Tanning Operator List    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,6319,401,pdf/Form154.pdf
Operating and Safety Procedures    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,6513,401,pdf/TanningFacilityOperatingProcedures.pdf
Tanning operator payment portal    https://www.ms.gov/msdh/tanningportal/
Download sample black box warning labels    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,6529,401,pdf/BlackBoxTanningLabels.pdf
International Smart Tan Network    http://smarttan.com/
National Tanning Training Institute    https://www.tanningtraining.com
SunFocus    http://www.tanningcertification.com
Sun is Life    https://www.sunislife.com/

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