Follow Us on Twitter

International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) Standing Committee on Epidemiology

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

December 2004

The ICNIRP Committee, of leading epidemiologists, undertook a comprehensive review of epidemiological studies about the effects of radiofrequency fields on human health in order to summarise the current state of knowledge, explain the methodological issues involved and assist the planning of future studies.

One of the main conclusions from the Standing Committee’s report is that:

“Results of epidemiological studies to date give no consistent or convincing evidence of any causal relation between RF exposure and any adverse health effect. On the other hand, these studies have too many deficiencies to rule out an association”

The Committee also conclude that:

“Although the likelihood is low that fields emanating from base stations would create a health hazard because of their weakness, the possibility is nevertheless a concern for many people. To date no acceptable study on any outcome has been published on this.”

The full review can be found on the ICNIRP website:

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).