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Information to owners and operators of tanning salons

The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) is the public authority responsible for the approval and use of artificial tanning devices in Norway.

NRPA’s authority is vested in Legal Statute 36 and the accompanying regulation no. 1380 concerning radiation protection and use of radiation. These regulations entered into force on January 1, 2011.

Regulations - short form:
Technical regulations:

  • The sunbed must be UV type 3 classified (EN 60335-2-27) and be approved by NRPA
  • The sunbed must be equipped with sun lamps and tubes according to the approval
  • Every sunbed must be marked with warning and UV type 3 stickers in Norwegian (EN 60335-2-27) and equivalency code interval (applies to new sunbed models from 1 October 2011; and to all models from 1 May 2014)
  • It must be possible to set the sunbed's timer according to the recommended exposure schedule
  • Protective goggles must be available for the customers
  • Approved sunbeds are listed on http://www.nrpa.no/solarieliste/default_en.aspx.  Sunbed models not listed on these pages are not allowed to sell, rent or use in Norway.

Regulations regarding information to customers:

  • From 1 July 2012: 18 year age limit. No solarium for cosmetic purposes must be offered to persons under the age of 18 years
  • For every sunbed there must be available to the customer user instruction and exposure schedule (recommendations on exposure time and intervals, EN 60335-2-27) in Norwegian, and the tanning salon shall advise the customer according to the recommended schedule
  • A warning advisory in poster form with precautionary text and an advisory against the use of artificial tanning appliances (EN 60335-2-27)

Administrative regulations:

  • The enterprise must register with NRPA

  • Each enterprise is responsible for providing employees with sufficient training and for developing written instructions and work procedures


  • Information and documentation about the sunbed should be provided upon request at inspections, including a copy of the report form and all relevant permits.
  • Inspectors should be able to check the sunbed model and sunlamps in use without difficulty; for example, all tubes should be installed such that the name and type may be easily read.