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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.

The Annual Update 2005 discusses a variety of subjects related to the possible effects of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (for instance in association with living near mobile telephony base stations) and exposure to low frequency fields (for instance related to the use of electrical blankets).

The report includes comments across a range of health concerns including cancer clusters, TNO study, Interphone, REFLEX and electrosensitivity and specifically comments on the base station & cancer studies undertaken in the towns of Naila in Germany and Natanya in Israel.

The report can be found at: 

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.