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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

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.