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US Food and Drugs Agency (FDA) - Response to NRPB Report on Mobile Phones and Health

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January 2005

The FDA is the regulator in the USA responsible for monitoring the health effects of wireless telephones. It has the authority to take action if a wireless phone produces hazardous levels of RF energy. As a result of the NRPB’s report being published, the FDA issued a response which included the following statements:

“FDA agrees with the NRPB on its conclusions that there is "no hard evidence of adverse health effects on the general public " from exposure to radiofrequency energy while using wireless communication devices. A few studies have suggested low levels of radiofrequency energy exposure could accelerate the development of cancer in laboratory animals, however these studies have failed to be replicated and the vast majority of studies reported in the scientific literature show no adverse heath effect associated with low levels of radio frequency energy exposure.”

“With regards to the safety and use of cell phones by children, the scientific evidence does not show a danger to users of wireless communication devices including children.”

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).