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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

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).