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Interested parties are invited to submit outline proposals for the second phase of the UK MTHR research programme

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November 2007

Interested parties are invited to submit outline proposals for the second phase of the UK MTHR research programme 

   

A new exhibit at the INTECH Science Centre, Winchester explains the science behind the mobile phone

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November 2007

A new exhibit at the INTECH Science Centre, Winchester explains the science behind the mobile phone

   

MOA Position on MTHR Report

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Major UK research programme reports no ill effects from mobile phone use

12 September 2007

A major UK research programme into mobile phone safety established after publication of the Stewart Report in 2000 has not found any evidence of adverse health effects from mobile phone use or living near radio base stations in studies published to date.  The Mobile Telecommunications Health Research (MTHR) programme was established to fill gaps in scientific knowledge identified by the Stewart Report.

   

Irish Government's Expert Group on Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields

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March 2007

This report was compiled by a group of experts on electromagnetic fields (EMF). The Expert Group was established and funded by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources with the following terms of reference:

   

Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSI) Fourth annual report from SSI's Independent Expert Group on Electromagnetic Fields - March 2007

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March 2007

This is the fourth annual report from the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority’s (SSI) Independent Expert Group (IEG) on Electromagnetic Fields and focuses on recent research on mobile phone telephony and health risks.

   

Health Council of the Netherlands Electromagnetic Fields Annual Update 2006

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February 2007
(English version begins on page 53)

On 6 March 2000 the President of the Council therefore set up the Electromagnetic Fields Committee. The Committee was initially established for a period of four years, but its mandate has subsequently been extended by two years at a time and currently runs to the end of 2007. The task of the the Committee is to regularly report on scientific developments in the area of electromagnetic fields, as it does in this Annual Update 2006.

   

Planners give mobile operators a good reception

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New research shows that local authority planners are increasingly satisfied with the consultation carried out by mobile network operators for base station sites which are needed to support the public’s ever-increasing mobile phone use. Ipsos MORI research carried out over the past six years shows positive improvement in all areas of consultation and information year on year.

   

WHO Factsheet Electromagnetic fields and public health Base stations and wireless technologies

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May 2006

The World Health Organisation has published a new fact sheet, which provides further information on and summaries of health concerns, protection standards, public perceptions of risk and WHO initiatives.

The Fact Sheet concludes: "Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects."

The fact sheet can be found at www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs304/en/index.html

   

Concern about base station on Australian University building

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12 May 2006

The RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia has announced the closure of part of one of its buildings to allow environmental tests to be carried out, including those on radio wave emissions from mobile phone base stations on the roof, following a number of cases of brain tumours amongst staff working there. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=6a5wbfi9ot2e

   

MOA joins HPA EMF discussion group

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Mike Dolan, Executive Director of the Mobile Operators Association, has accepted an invitation from Health Protection Agency (HPA) chairman, Sir William Stewart, to participate in a meeting of an electromagnetic frequency discussion group to be held on 2 March. HPA staff, scientists, representatives from industry and environmentally interested groups will take part in discussions about exposures to electromagnetic fields from sources such as powerlines, electrical appliances and mobile telecommunications equipment.

   

Mobile phone use and risk of glioma in adults: case-control study

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20 January 2006

Today’s publication of a UK population-based case-control study of gliomas in the British Medical Journal is the latest in a series of studies published as part of internationally coordinated INTERPHONE project¹.

   

'World Health Organisation Leaflet on Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity'

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December 2005

The leaflet sets out the following conclusion: 'EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms that differ from individual to individual. The symptoms are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity. Whatever its cause, EHS can be a disabling problem for the affected individual. EHS has no clear diagnostic criteria and there is no scientific basis to link EHS symptoms to EMF exposure. Further, EHS is not a medical diagnosis, nor is it clear that it represents a single medical problem.'

The leaflet can be found at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs296/en/

   

Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSI) Third annual report from SSI's Independent Expert Group on Electromagnetic Fields - December 2005

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December 2005

With recent major scientific reviews as starting points the IEG in a series of annual reports consecutively discusses and assesses relevant new data and puts these in the context of already available information. The result will be a gradually developing health risk assessment of exposure to EMF.

This is the third annual report from the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority’s (SSI) Independent Expert Group (IEG) on Electromagnetic Fields and focuses on recent research on mobile phone telephony and health risks.

The full report can be found at:http://www.stralsakerhetsmyndigheten.se/Global/Publikationer/Rapport/Stralskydd/2006/ssi-rapp-2006-02.pdf
 

   

Health Council of the Netherlands Electromagnetic Fields Annual Update 2005

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November 2005

(English version begins on page 71):

The Electromagnetic Fields Committee of the Health Council of the Netherlands has been asked to regularly report on scientific developments relating to possible health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. The committee drafts Annual Updates, which are evaluated in their final stage by the Standing Committee on Radiation Hygiene of the Health Council. This is the third publication in this series.

   

Mobile phone use and the risk of acoustic neuroma: results of the Interphone case-control study in five Northern European countries.

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Mobile phone use and the risk of acoustic neuroma: results of the Interphone case-control study in five Northern European countries. (MJ Schoemaker et al) 30 August 2005 

   

Northern European Acoustic Neuroma Study (MJ Schoemaker et. al.)

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Northern European Acoustic Neuroma Study (MJ Schoemaker et. al.)

   

WHO EMF Project Staff publish paper in "Pediatrics" entitled: "Sensitivity of Children to Electromagnetic Fields"

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WHO EMF Project Staff publish paper in "Pediatrics" entitled: "Sensitivity of Children to Electromagnetic Fields"

   

Use of mobile phones in hospitals - MHRA publishes supplementary advice on 26 July 2005

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Use of mobile phones in hospitals - MHRA publishes supplementary advice on 26 July 2005

   

Children and Mobile Phones: WHO Clarification Statement

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MOA notes the recent clarification statement by WHO on children using mobile phones:

http://www.who.int/peh-emf/meetings/ottawa_june05/en/index4.html

   

Planners say mobile operators are improving consultation performance year on year

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Information on the Peer Review Process

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Sense About Science - is a charitable trust, founded in 2002, to promote an evidence-based approach to scientific issues in the public domain. The trust works with organisations, experts and opinion formers to encourage this approach, particularly in areas of controversy.
http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/
Recent work includes a discussion paper, Peer Review and the Acceptance of New Scientific Ideas this can be found at: http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/ and a booklet, Making Sense of Radiation - A Guide to Radiation and Its Health Effects, this can be found at: http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/pdf/makingsenseofradiation.pdf

   

MOA statement on ODPM announcement

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5 April 2005

The MOA and network operators look forward to working with the Government and other stakeholders on the research announced by ODPM on 4th April.

   

Comment on certain issues raised in NRPB Mobile Phones and Health 2004 Report and media coverage

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1 February 2005

Exclusion zones around base station antennas

All base station antenna installations are designed to comply with International Commission on Non Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) public and occupational exposure guidelines. This is achieved by careful antenna positioning and signs and barriers where required in order to ensure the general public cannot be inadvertently exposed above the public exposure guidelines.

   

Press release - Mobile phone base station siting review published

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Mobile Operators' Response to the Second Deloitte Implementation Review Recommendations

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Operator_Response_to_Second_Deloitte_Review_Recommendations.pdf

   

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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.