Electromagnetic Fields: What the experts say

  • Sweden’s Scientific Council on EMF / June 2015

    Sweden’s Scientific Council on EMF, appointed by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten, SSM), has published its annual report on EMF and health. According to the SSM press release, “The scientific support for mobile phones causing cancer is weak. However, it is too early to draw completely definitive conclusions for those who have used mobile phones for over 15 years.” “It is also too early to draw firm conclusions regarding risk of brain tumours in children and adolescents, but the available literature to date does not indicate an increased risk,” they say. On the subject of mobile phone exposure and sleep EEG in human volunteer studies, the Council states, “The observed effects…are weak and do not seem to translate into behavioural or other health effects.”

    With regard to electromagnetic hypersensitivity, the Council finds, “While the symptoms experienced by patients with EHS are real and some individuals suffer severely, studies so far have not provided evidence that exposure to electromagnetic fields is a causal factor.”

    Regarding far-field sources, the Council concludes, “In line with previous studies, new studies on adult and childhood cancer with improved exposure assessment do not indicate any health risks for the general public related to exposure from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from far-field sources, such as base stations and radio and TV transmitters. There is no new evidence indicating a causal link to exposure from far-field sources such as mobile phone base stations or wireless local data networks in schools or at home.”

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  • Health Canada (HC) published its revision of Safety Code 6 (SC6)

    Health Canada (HC) published its revision of Safety Code 6 (SC6), the country’s RF safety guidelines. According to an HC news release, “The updated Safety Code includes slightly more restrictive reference levels in some frequency ranges to ensure even larger safety margins to protect all Canadians, including newborn infants and children.” SC6 “makes Canada’s limits among the most rigorous science-based limits in the world,” it states. “Royal Society of Canada has agreed on the basis of current scientific data, that no adverse health effects will occur from exposure to RF fields at the levels permitted by Safety Code 6.”“Canada's limits are consistent with the science-based standards used in other parts of the world, including the United States, the European Union, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.”

     

     

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  • The European Commissions Scientific Committee on Emerging&Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR)

     

    The EC’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has released its opinion on potential health effects of exposure to EMF. Among the opinion’s findings is that “overall, the epidemiological studies on mobile phone RF EMF exposure do not show an increased risk of brain tumours.”

    In addition, a newly released fact sheet on EMF – based on the new SCENIHR opinion and aimed at members of the public – summarizes, “The results of current scientific research show that there are no evident adverse health effects if EMF exposure remains below the levels set by current standards.”  http://ow.ly/K5Jlf

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  • ITU Resolución 176: Exposición de las personas a los campos electromagnéticos y su medición (anexo).

    TU decided to join efforts Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, Telecommunication Development Bureau and Radiocommunication Bureau to participate together in projects relating to Electromagnetic Fields, os the WHO, to collaborate with other international organizations to promote the development of international standards for EMF exposure. They are very good news because it allows the Sector reference them as firm on this issue.
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Scientists do not establish health risks from electromagnetic fields