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Health Council of the Netherlands Electromagnetic Fields Annual Update 2005

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November 2005

(English version begins on page 71):

The Electromagnetic Fields Committee of the Health Council of the Netherlands has been asked to regularly report on scientific developments relating to possible health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. The committee drafts Annual Updates, which are evaluated in their final stage by the Standing Committee on Radiation Hygiene of the Health Council. This is the third publication in this series.

The Annual Update 2005 discusses a variety of subjects related to the possible effects of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (for instance in association with living near mobile telephony base stations) and exposure to low frequency fields (for instance related to the use of electrical blankets).

The report includes comments across a range of health concerns including cancer clusters, TNO study, Interphone, REFLEX and electrosensitivity and specifically comments on the base station & cancer studies undertaken in the towns of Naila in Germany and Natanya in Israel.

The report can be found at  http://www.gezondheidsraad.nl/en/publications/elektromagnetische-velden-jaarbericht-2005-electromagnetic-fields-annual-update-2005

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).