The consensus view of world health authorities is that mobile phones do not cause any adverse health effects

AMTA relies on the expert judgment of public health authorities, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), for assessments of safety and health impacts.

The WHO’s current advice is:

None of the recent reviews have concluded that exposure to the RF (radio frequency) fields from mobile phones and their base stations cause any adverse health consequences.

There is also no accepted scientific basis to claim mobile phone use can cause cancer. On cancer specifically, the WHO said:

Current scientific evidence indicates that exposure to RF fields, such as those emitted by mobile phones and their base stations, is unlikely to induce or promote cancers.

Potential human health impacts of RF energy have in fact been studied in great detail over the past 50 years. This has resulted in a large body of scientific literature in this field - covering laboratory, clinical and epidemiological (population) studies.

Numerous international expert panels have already evaluated the evidence of potential health effects of mobile phones. Comprehensive reviews of over 1800 research publications, including more than 350 studies specifically on mobile phones, by governments and health authorities continue, without exception, to find there is no substantiated scientific evidence of health effects.

Recent expert assessments confirming the scientific consensus on mobile phone safety include: the Health Council of the Netherlands (2002); the American Cancer Society (2001); the WHO (2000); a specially formed expert group of eminent scientists in the UK (2000); and the governments of Australia (2001), France (2003 and 2001), Canada (1999) and Britain (1999). Following are excerpts from recent reviews:

Health Council of the Netherlands (2002)

The electromagnetic field of a mobile telephone does not constitute a health hazard, according to the present scientific knowledge. Therefore, there are no reasons for a revision of the exposure limits.

American Cancer Society (2001)

In summary, there is now considerable epidemiological evidence that shows no consistent association between cellular phone use and brain cancer.

…the lack of ionzing radiation and the low energy level emitted from cell phones and absorbed by human tissues makes it unlikely that these devices cause cancer.

UK Independent Expert Group (Stewart Report) (2000)

The balance of evidence to date suggests that exposure to RF radiation below NRPB and ICNIRP [international safety] guidelines do not cause adverse health effects to the general population.

Royal Society of Canada (1999)

The panel found no evidence of documented health effects in animals or humans exposed to non-thermal levels of radiofrequency fields. The panel recommended that no changes were needed in the existing Canadian exposure standards to protect against non-thermal effects of RF fields.

In 2001 an Australian Senate Inquiry, after an 18 month investigation, also confirmed that there exists no substantiated evidence of health effects from mobile phones that comply with strict safety standards.

The WHO has initiated a large-scale multinational research project to further advance scientific knowledge in this area and to provide reliable and accurate information so that people can make informed choices about mobile phones and health.

The WHO has estimated that in excess of US$100 million dollars is being spent on the various research projects that form part of its coordinated program. The Australian research program, funded through the National Health & Medical Research Council and paid for by an industry levy, adheres to the research guidelines outlined by the WHO. The industry supports the continuation of this program.

For information on mobile phone health and safety issues see the WHO website: