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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 (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: 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).