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The Swiss Research Foundation on Mobile Communications Annual Report 2003

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May 2004

The Swiss Research Foundation, located in Zurich, is a non-profit foundation. Its aims are:
- Promote innovative research projects and contribute to the investigation of opportunities and risks associated with mobile communications.
- Publish research results in scientific journals.
- Disseminate research findings to the public and improve communications among stakeholders.

This Annual Report provides information about the first year’s activities of the Foundation and in particular provides details of the research projects that it funded.

View the report 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).