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Health Council of the Netherlands Electromagnetic Fields Annual Update 2006

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February 2007

(English version begins on page 53)

On 6 March 2000 the President of the Council therefore set up the Electromagnetic Fields Committee. The Committee was initially established for a period of four years, but its mandate has subsequently been extended by two years at a time and currently runs to the end of 2007. The task of the the Committee is to regularly report on scientific developments in the area of electromagnetic fields, as it does in this Annual Update 2006.

This Annual Update deals with two subjects: UMTS and DECT. It is the fourth time that that the Committee uses this format to report on important scientific developments in this way. Previous Annual Updates were published in May 2001, January 2004 and November 2005.

The report's conclusions include: No effect on well-being and cognitive functions, experimental studies do not show effects with short-term exposure and normal use of DECT does not lead to exceeding of exposure limits.

The report can be found at

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).