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Electromagnetic Fields: What the experts say

  • Spain´s Scientific Advisory Committee on Radio Frequencies (CCARS) / October 2020


    CCARS publishes “2019 Radio Frequency and Health Report” where concludes that "current evidence from in vitro, in vivo and epidemiological studies does not indicate an association with the use of mobile phones and the development of tumors in the most exposed organs".

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  • Public Health of England / September 2020

    England's updated Guide to Base Station Radio Waves and Health for ICNIRP 2020 states that "the restriction values in the new guidelines are very similar to the previous ones, especially at frequencies below 6 GHz, where current mobile communications systems operate". It also refers to the measurements regarding of 5G base stations published last April by the British regulator Ofcom, whose conclusions were the highest level of 5G signals was specifically 0.039% of the maximum established in the international guidelines.

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  • French Inter-ministerial Inspectorate of Social Affairs (IGAS) / September 2020

    In a report on 5G, IGAS published its conclusions: "In view of the large number of studies published since the 1950s in France and throughout the world on the health effects of radio frequencies, according to the consensus of national and international health bodies, no harmful short-term effects, i.e. harmful thermal effects on tissues, have been found below the exposure limit values recommended by the ICNIRP, either for the general public or for workers". Its recommendations include better communication, increased research and monitoring of exposure.

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  • Dutch Health Council / September 2020

    The Council recommends to the Dutch Parliament to "monitor exposure to 5G and conduct further research. It has not been proven and nor is it likely to be harmful, but from a scientific viewpoint, it cannot be completely ruled out".

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  • Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland (STUK) / May 2020

    The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland reports that "the limit values protect us from the health effects of short and long-term exposure" and that "there is no reason to suspect, on the basis of current knowledge, that millimetre waves to be implemented later would have harmful health effects on exposures below the limit values".

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  • Health Physics - ICNIRP Suplement / May 2020

    This edition of the journal Health Physics is devoted to the latest publications of ICNIRP: "The guidelines are established using a conservative approach, which means that compliance with the recommended exposure limits will provide a very high level of protection against adverse health effects ... The ICNIRP's guidance is based on a detailed evaluation of the scientific evidence. Scientifically justified adverse health effects are identified and exposure limits are developed to prevent them. For the estimation of exposure limits, the ICNIRP generally assumes the worst case scenarios and takes into account uncertainties in the scientific evidence".

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  • Swedish Radiation Safety Authority / April 2020

    The Scientific Council concludes in its fourteenth report on electromagnetic fields and health (April-December 2018): “No new established causal relationships between EMF exposure and health risks have been identified…The results of the research review give no reason to change any reference levels or recommendations in the field. However, the observations of biological effects in animals due to weak radio wave exposure clearly show the importance of maintaining the Swedish Environmental Code 1 precautionary thinking.”

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  • The International Commission On Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) / March 2020

    The final ICNIRP guidelines, based on the best science currently available’ and periodically revised and updated, state that: “Adherence to these levels is intended to protect people from all substantiated harmful effects of radiofrequency EMF exposure”. There are many conservative elements in the guidelines so the “limits would remain protective even if exceeded by a substantial margin” and, therefore: “There is no evidence that additional precautionary measures will result in a benefit to the health of the population”.

    FAQdifferences between the 2020 and 1998 guidelines and responses to the public consultation

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  • World Health Organization (WHO) / February 2020

    A World Health Organization (WHO) brief FAQ on 5G mobile networks and health concludes that provided “overall exposure remains below international guidelines, no consequences for public health are anticipated.” The existing question and answer on cell phones and base stations was also updated.

    The WHO notes that both the ICNIRP and IEEE ICES guidelines cover the 5G frequencies.

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  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) / February 2020

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a review (2008-2018) of animal and epidemiological studies of radio signals and cancer concluding that ‘to date, there is no consistent or credible scientific evidence of health problems caused by the exposure to radio frequency energy emitted by cell phones.’

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  • Spain´s Scientific Advisory Committee on Radio Frequencies (CCARS) / February 2020

    CCARS presents information on 5G and health, noting that exposure levels are unlikely to change significantly and that 5G will comply with exposure limits. They say that exposure below the limitsestablished by ICNIRP does not carry known health risks.  To date and reviewing the existing scientific evidence, exposure to radio frequencies below the exposure limits established by the ICNIRP does not carry known health risks”.

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Scientists do not establish health risks from electromagnetic fields

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