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Irish Government's Expert Group on Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields

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March 2007

This report was compiled by a group of experts on electromagnetic fields (EMF). The Expert Group was established and funded by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources with the following terms of reference:

1) The Expert Group will focus on issues of public exposure, rather than examining occupational exposure.
2) The report produced by the Expert Group will be aimed at Government and the public, rather than the scientific community.
3) The Expert Group will consult with Industry, recognised national and international experts and the wider community in order to complete its report.
4) In future, the Expert Group may be requested to take part in some ongoing monitoring; in order to update the Irish Government's position in light of new scientific publications or reports.
The conclusions of the Expert Group are consistent withy those of similar reviews conducted by authoritative national and international agencies

The full 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).