The bill that would make sunbeds R18 has passed its first hurdle with ease.

The Health (Protection) Amendment Bill unanimously passed its first reading in Parliament and will now be considered by the health committee.

Consumer's long-held view is that sunbed operators need to be regulated and compliance with the sunbed standard should be mandatory. It’s a view backed up each year when our mystery shopper surveys are carried out.

Last year’s survey showed plenty of operators didn’t have their act together when it came to meeting the voluntary standard. Of 60 operators visited, only 33 provided the required consent form and 41 carried out a skin assessment. Just 33 percent were doing everything they should under the sunbed standard.

The Cancer Society’s skin cancer advisor Louise Sandford said the organisation was delighted the bill had passed its first reading.

“In 2015, most states in Australia will ban sunbeds and we hope the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill is the first step in banning the beds in New Zealand,” Ms Sandford said.