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Swedish Radiation Safety Authority Annual Report

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January 2011

In its annual report for 2010, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority concludes: "This year has seen the publication of the long awaited Interphone study looking at brain tumour risk in mobile phone users. However, the advent of these new data does not change the overall picture being that for up to about ten years of mobile phone use associations with brain tumour risk are unlikely. This conclusion is based on the collective of studies on mobile phone use and brain tumour risk as well as on overall trends (rather lack thereof) in brain tumour statistics. For longer duration of use, for specific subtypes of cancer, and for children and adolescents data are sparse or non-existing, and conclusions are less certain."

On exposure to radio waves from base stations, it concludes that: "Available data do not indicate any risks related to exposure to RF from base stations or radio or TV antennas. Taking into account also the low levels of exposure that these sources give rise to, health effects from transmitters are unlikely."

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority annual report can be found at

http://www.stralsakerhetsmyndigheten.se/Global/Publikationer/Rapport/Stralskydd/2010/SSM-Rapport-2010-44.pdf

 

Latin American Experts Committee on High Frequency Electromagnetic Fields and Human Health

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A Scientific Review Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation in the Radiofrequency Spectrum and its Effects on Human Health


August 2010

This is an independent critical review of the recent literature on the possible biological and health effects of low-intensity, high-frequency electromagnetic fields, from the viewpoint of the region's scientists and experts. Special emphasis was placed on the results of studies conducted in Latin American countries. The report reviewed science, regional non ionising radiation standards and policies, and risk communication. The authors concluded that there is little evidence of adverse health effects from RF exposure below international guidelines.

The full review can be found at: http://www.wireless-health.org.br/downloads/LatinAmericanScienceReviewReport.pdf

 

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

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Position Statement on the Possible Harmful Biological Effects of Low-Level Electromagnetic Fields of Frequencies up to 300 GHz


May 2010

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has a special interest in any possible health effects of occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as well as in any due to exposure of the population at large. The IET remains determined to be at the forefront of rigorously examining the scientific evidence for any such effects and identifying any hazards as early as possible. To this end it maintains its Biological Effects Policy Advisory Group on low-level electromagnetic fields (BEPAG).
The IEC's Position Statement states: The IET's Biological Effects Policy Advisory Group on low-level electromagnetic fields (BEPAG) has concluded that the balance of scientific evidence to date still does not indicate that harmful effects occur in humans due to low-level exposure to EMFs. This conclusion remains the same as that reached in its previous position statements, the last being in May 2008, and has not been substantially altered by the peer-reviewed literature published in the past two years.

The full paper can be found at: http://www.theiet.org/factfiles/bioeffects/postat02final.cfm?type=pdf

 

WHO Factsheet Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health: Mobile Phones

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May 2010

The World Health Organisation has published an updated fact sheet, on mobile phones and public health, which provides key facts, further information on and summaries of health concerns, protection standards and WHO initiatives.

The Fact Sheet concludes: "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 for mobile phone use."

The fact sheet can be found at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs193/en/index.html



 

 

ICNIRP Note on Interphone Publication

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May 2010

The International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection has published a note on the publication of the Interphone study.

The note concludes: "ICNIRP recently published a review of the scientific evidence on the health effects of radio frequency exposure from mobile phones. We found the existing evidence did not support an increased risk of brain tumours in mobile phone users within the duration of use yet investigated. The subsequent publication of the Interphone study has added greatly to the volume of evidence available. ICNIRP believes on preliminary review of the results, however, that they do not change the overall conclusions. ICNIRP therefore considers that the results of the Interphone study give no reason for alteration of the current guidelines."

The note can be found at http://www.icnirp.de/documents/ICNIRPnote.pdf

 

Swedish Radiation Safety Authority Annual Report

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December 2009

In its annual report, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority concludes "Overall the studies published to date do not demonstrate an increased risk of cancer related to mobile phone use within approximately ten years of use for any tumour of the brain or any other head tumour. Despite the methodological shortcomings and the limited data on long latency and long-term use, the available evidence does not suggest a causal association between mobile phone use and fast-growing tumours such as malignant glioma in adults (at least for tumours with short induction periods)." On exposure to radio waves from base stations, it concludes that it is "highly unlikely that living in the vicinity of a transmitter implicates an increased risk of cancer."

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority annual report can be found at http://www.stralsakerhetsmyndigheten.se/Global/Publikationer/Rapport/Stralskydd/2009/SSM-Rapport-2009-36.pdf

 

Joint Statement from the Nordic Radiation Safety Authorities

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November 2009

This joint statement on general public exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from mobile phone base stations and other fixed transmitters issued by the Nordic Radiation Safety Authorities (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) is an addition to their statement on mobile phones, published in 2004. It concluded: "The Nordic authorities agree that there is no scientific evidence for adverse health effects caused by radiofrequency field strengths in the normal living environment at present. This conclusion concurs with the opinion of international scientific and advisory bodies listed as references below [ICNIRP, 1998 and 2009; WHO, 2005 and 2006; SCENIHR 2009; SSI`s Independent Expert Group on Electromagnetic Fields, 2007]. The Nordic authorities therefore at present see no need for a common recommendation for further actions to reduce these radiofrequency fields."

The statement can be found at: 
 http://www.stuk.fi/sateilytietoa/sateilyn_terveysvaikutukset/matkapuhelin_terveysvaikutus/en_GB/matkapuhelimet/_files/82468807990968503/default/Nordic_Statement-EMF161109.pdf

 

Summary of the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) Updated Opinion on Possible Effects of Electromagnetic (EMF) on Human Health

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September 2009

A non-technical summary of the SCENIHR opinion, published in January 2009, is now available on the European Commission website. It concludes "The balance of epidemiologic evidence still indicates that mobile phone use of less than 10 years does not pose any increased risk of cancer."

The summary can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/health/opinions2/en/electromagnetic-fields/index.htm#1

 

Health Physics Society Updated Fact Sheet on Mobile Phones

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September 2009

The Health Physics Society, formed in 1956, is a scientific organization of professionals who specialize in radiation safety. The Society is chartered in the United States as an independent nonprofit scientific organization and, as such, is not affiliated with any government or industrial organization or private entity.

The Fact Sheet concludes: "Investigations into possible health effects of mobile phones will continue into the future, and it will be especially important to identify if there are any adverse effects in long-term users or children. The available evidence does not show that the use of mobile phones or exposure to emissions from their base stations causes brain cancer or any other health effect."

The Fact Sheet can be found at: http://hps.org/documents/mobiletelephonefactsheet.pdf

 

International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) Statement

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August 2009

The statement issued by ICNIRP following the review of the scientific evidence on dosimetry, biological effects, epidemiological observations, and health consequences concerning exposure to high frequency electromagnetic fields (100 kHz to 300 GHz), published in July 2009 concluded: "it is the opinion of ICNIRP that the scientific literature published since the 1998 guidelines has provided no evidence of any adverse effects below the basic restrictions and does not necessitate an immediate revision of its guidance on limiting exposure to high frequency electromagnetic fields." 

The statement can be found at http://www.icnirp.de/documents/StatementEMF.pdf

 

International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) Review

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July 2009

The review of the scientific evidence on dosimetry, biological effects, epidemiological observations, and health consequences concerning exposure to high frequency electromagnetic fields (100 kHz to 300 GHz) was conducted by the ICNIRP Standing Committees in cooperation with its Consulting Members. It covers all scientific aspects relevant in this area which include numerical dosimetry, measurements, biological laboratory investigations in vitro and in vivo, as well as epidemiological findings.

One of the main conclusions of the review was: “Results of epidemiological studies to date give no consistent or convincing evidence of a causal relation between RF exposure and any adverse health effect. On the other hand these studies have too many deficiencies to rule out an association.”  

The review also concluded that: "Although the likelihood is low that fields emanating from base stations would create a health hazard, because of their weakness, this possibility is nevertheless a concern for many people. To date no acceptable study on any outcome has been published on this.”

The review can be found at http://www.icnirp.org/documents/RFReview.pdf.

 

Health Council of the Netherlands Electromagnetic Fields Annual Update 2008

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March 2009

(English version of the text begins on page 65 of the full report)

This is the fifth Annual Update of the Electromagnetic Fields Committee. After a brief overview of the advisory reports that have been published in the period under review, the Committee elaborates upon the approach and methods it uses in analysing scientific data. Following this, two themes are discussed:

  • the influence of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields on brain activity and
  • the relationship between exposure to such fields and the occurrence of symptoms.

 

On the occurrence of symptoms the report concludes that; "The picture that emerges from the available scientific evidence is that there is no causal link between exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and the occurrence of medically unexplained physical symptoms. However, there is a link between the symptoms and assumed exposure and with that very probably a link to risk perception. Nevertheless, the symptoms do exist and require a solution."

The report can be found at
http://www.gezondheidsraad.nl/sites/default/files/200902.pdf 

 

The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) Updated Opinion on Possible Effects of Electromagnetic (EMF) on Human Health

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January 2009

SCENIHR's role is to advise the European Commission on questions concerning emerging or newly-identified risks and on broad, complex or multidisciplinary issues requiring a comprehensive assessment of risks to consumer safety or public health and related issues not covered by other Community risk - assessment bodies. SCENIHR has published an updated opinion on possible effects of electromagnetic fields on human health.

The summary states: "The update considered more than 200 new scientific papers yet the conclusions differ little from the earlier opinion. Based on current evidence the main conclusions remain that radio frequency fields used in wireless communication technologies are unlikely to lead to an increase in cancer in the human population at large. However, further studies are needed to clarify if long-term exposure to mobile phones (well beyond 10 years) increases cancer risk for an individual using a mobile phone frequently and to examine the effects on children.”

The full report can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/04_scenihr/docs/scenihr_o_022.pdf

 

Spanish Scientific Advisory Committee on Radiofrequency and Health (CCARS)

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January 2009

CCARS is an independent institution, comprised of renowned experts in medicine, physics, chemistry, biology, epidemiology and law. Further information on CCARS can be found at www.ccars.es (in Spanish).

The report's executive summary states "With regard to epidemiological studies, most were aimed at identifying the effects of the prolonged use of mobile telephones and the possible relationship with the onset of brain tumours. Available data indicate that exposure to mobile telephones for periods of less than 10 years by healthy adult users does not increase the risk of developing a brain tumour. No conclusive studies have been conducted on exposure for longer periods."

The summary goes on "As a whole, studies of people who claim to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, have provided no evidence that exposure to RF EMF from base stations and terminals is a causal factor of their symptoms."

The full report (in English) can be downloaded at: http://www.mobilemastinfo.com/information/radiowaves_and_health/CCARS Report on Radiofrequency and Health 2007-2008.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).