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A Common View by the Nordic Countries on Mobile Telephony and Health

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September 2004

The main conclusion from the report of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) is that there is no scientific evidence for any adverse health effects from mobile telecommunications, neither from the base stations nor from the handsets, below the basic restrictions and reference values recommended by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

They go on to state that there are reports suggesting that biological effects may occur at exposure levels below the ICNIRP guidelines and that these studies need to be reproduced and that the scientific progress in these fields of research should be followed carefully. The report states that it is important to note that biological effects do not necessarily mean human health hazards.

In terms of mobile phone use the Nordic authorities find it is wise to use, for instance, a hands-free kit that reduces the exposure to the head significantly and suggest that this information should be addressed both to adults, young people and children. They take the view that it is important that parents inform young people and children about the different ways to reduce the exposure from mobile phones.

The report can be seen here:

No Established Adverse Health Effects

Mobile phones operate by using radio waves, a form of non-ionising radiation. There is a large body of scientific evidence on the effects of exposure to radio waves because they have been widely used for decades: for example, radio, TV and radar signals are radio waves. The scientific consensus is that, apart from the increased risk of a road accident due to mobile phone use when driving, there is no clear evidence of adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones or from phone masts. (Source: Health Protection Agency, Health Advice on Mobile Phones, May 2010).

A Wealth of Research

A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use. (Source: World Health Organisation Fact Sheet N°193, June 2011).