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The French Agency for Environmental Health Safety (AFSSE) - Opinion on Mobile Telephony

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May 2005

The Agency was created by an Act of Parliament in May 2001 and its mission is to contribute to the safety of environmental health and assess health risks relating to the environment. The Opinion on mobile telephony given by AFSSE is based on the conclusions of a report by an Expert Group. The 2001 and 2003 Expert Group's reports had concluded an absence of health effects due to waves emitted from base stations. The Expert Group submitted a further report to the Agency on 18 February 2005 which stated: "More recent scientific data do not cause this* conclusion to be called into question." (* 2001 & 2003 conclusion)

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).