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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

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).