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EME Update April 2015


Welcome to the April 2015 edition of EME Update, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association’s newsletter on global scientific research, news and views on health and safety aspects of mobile telecommunications.


Chris Althaus, Chief Executive Officer, AMTA.

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Increased mobile phone use has not significantly changed brain tumour rates in NZ finds new research

The rate of brain tumours has not changed significantly in the past 15 years despite a dramatic increase in the number of New Zealanders using mobile phones, according to new research from the University of Auckland.

Latest evidence shows mobiles are unlikely to cause brain cancer

Mobile phone use is unlikely to cause brain cancer because we would have seen signs of increased rates by now said Dr Maria Feychting, Vice Chairman of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), at a recent workshop on safety standards held in Wollongong.

Government publishes new EME factsheets and video

Two separate government bodies, the Department of Communications and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), have both recently published factsheets explaining EME and health to the public following community concerns.

Report calls for stakeholders to work together to tackle e-waste

A new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit calls for greater focus on the shared responsibility of all stakeholders to develop a sustainable e-waste recycling system in Australia.

MCF improves worker safety with new EME Site Safety Guide

The Mobile Carriers Forum (MCF) has published an updated version of its RF EME operational safety document as part of AMTA’s commitment to improve safety for those working on mobile network sites.

EU committee finds ‘no conclusive evidence’ to connect EME exposure with electromagnetic hypersensitivity

There is no conclusive evidence connecting exposure to electromagnetic energy (EME) with the condition known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), according to a new policy statement by the EU’s European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted on 21 January 2015.

Mobiles and Wi-Fi not linked to health problems, find European health experts

Europe’s advisory body on emerging or new health risks has reviewed the latest scientific evidence on exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF), such as the radio signals transmitted by mobile phones and Wi-Fi, and found they are not linked with health problems.

No evidence of EME sensitivity in largest ever Dutch study

There is no link between exposure to electromagnetic energy and a series of symptoms described as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) found a recent Dutch study, the largest of its kind.

WHO updates mobile phones and health factsheet

The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its factsheet on mobile phones and health and has not changed its position that using a mobile phone does not cause any health problems.

Canadian MP wants warning labels on cell phones

A Canadian MP wants to introduce a law to force manufacturers to place labels on cellular and cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers and baby monitors to warn consumers about possible and unproven health risks.

French parliament passes EME law

The French parliament has passed a law introducing additional precautions for public exposure to electromagnetic energy (EME).

International wireless groups updates Wi-Fi Health and Safety brochure

International wireless groups have come together to update a brochure that answers specific questions about the health and safety of Wi-Fi in response to community concerns.

Wi-Fi exposure isn’t killing your kids says John Hopkins professor

A John Hopkins University Professor has criticised a recent blog article about the health impacts of Wi-Fi by a fellow Forbes contributor Robert Szczebra that went viral.

EME explained in UN agency’s new app

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency for telecommunications, has launched EMF Guide, a new mobile and web app to explain electromagnetic energy that has raised public health concerns.

Kids aren’t more exposed to radiofrequency energy from mobile phones than adults says international experts

A comprehensive expert review of the scientific evidence has disputed claims, widely published on the internet, that children absorb more radiation from mobile phones than adults.

In Brief

ACMA launches mobile phones and kids guide, US TV series Better Call Saul features a character who suffers from EHS, complaints to the TIO about mobile phones fall to seven-year low, and old phones for good mobile recycling campaign helps Salvos Christmas Appeal.

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