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News for Year 2009

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

   

The Precautionary Principle in the Context of Mobile Phone and Base Station Radiofrequency Exposures

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September 2009

The Precautionary Principle in the Context of Mobile Phone and Base Station Radiofrequency Exposures

   

Letter and Reply in Response to Precautionary Principle Paper

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September 2009

Letter and reply in response to precautionary principle paper 

   

ICNIRP Reconfirms RF Exposure Guidelines

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17 August 2009

The International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) published a statement on 13 August 2009 reconfirming the 1998 EMF exposure guidelines.

The ICNIRP statement 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."
  • "Therefore, ICNIRP reconfirms the 1998 basic restrictions in the frequency range 100 kHz-300 GHz until further notice."
   

ICNIRP Publishes Major RF Science Review:

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14 July 2009

A major international review of the science related to mobile telephony and health was published on 14 July 2009.

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation (ICNIRP) has published on its website a review of the scientific evidence concerning exposure to high frequency electromagnetic fields (including the radiofrequency fields used in mobile telephony). 

The ICNIRP review has concluded that:

  • “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.” 
   

Health Council of the Netherlands Electromagnetic Fields Annual Update 2008

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March 2009

Health Council of the Netherlands Electromagnetic Fields Annual Update 2008 

   

The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) Update on 2007 Opinion

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January 2009

The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) Update on 2007 Opinion

   

61% of UK adults access the internet from mobiles

Mobile phones cannot work without a network of base stations (masts). There are approximately 52,500 base station sites (excluding microcells) in the UK. Only a third of these are large, free standing masts. A YouGov survey for MOA (Sept 2014) showed that nearly 8 out of 10 people recognise the link between masts and good mobile coverage. Mobile telecommunications are vital for the UK’s economic competitiveness and in promoting social inclusion. There are now 89.9 million mobile subscriptions in the UK. In Q1 2015 61 per cent of UK adults used their mobile phones for internet access. Tablet ownership is 54% of UK households.

No Established Health Effects

Mobile phones operate by using radio waves, similar to those that have been widely used for decades, for example in radio, TV and radar signals. A large number of studies over the last two decades have found no clear evidence of adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones or from phone masts.