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Royal Society of Canada's (RSC) Expert Panel on Potential Health Risks of Radiofrequency Fields from Wireless Telecommunication Devices

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June 2007

This update report by the RSC Canadian Expert Panel sets out advances in research on radio frequency fields and health for the period 2001-2003. The report is a follow up to the panel's original 1999 publication and an update published in 2001.

The full report can be found at: http://www.rsc.ca//files/publications/expert_panels/RF//expert_panel_radiofrequency_update2.pdf

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).