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Documents of the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) Mobile Phones and Health 2004 Volume 15 No 5 2004

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January 2005

At the time of the publication of the review of the science by the NRPBs Independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR January 2004) the Board of the NRPB stated that in mid to late 2004 it expected to review and proffer overall advice to the public on mobile phone technologies and health. This report is the result of the Board’s deliberations.

The advice in the Board’s report is consistent with the reassuring conclusion reached by the NRPB’s Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR) twelve months previous, when it found that the weight of scientific evidence available does not suggest that mobile technologies operating within international health and safety guidelines cause illness.

The key point made as part of the NRPB’s advice is that: “In the UK, there is a lack of hard information showing that the mobile phone systems in use are damaging to health. It is important to emphasise this crucial point.”

The overall conclusion of the report is that the Board believes that “the main conclusions reached in the Stewart Report in 2000 still apply today and that a precautionary approach to the use of mobile phone technology should continue to be adopted.”

The full report can be found 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).