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


 
 
  The Scientific Committee on Emergy and Newly Identified Health Risks prepared the Opinion.

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.

 
“The results of current scientific research do not link exposure to electromagnetic fields below the limits suggested by the EU legislation with adverse health problems,” concluded the European Commission’s announcement of the final EMF Opinion of the independent expert advisory group - the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR).
 
The Opinion considered a wide range of potential health concerns from mobile phone use including reduced male fertility, childhood behavioural problems and foetal development.
 
“The previous SCENIHR Opinion concluded that there were no adverse effects on reproduction and development from RF fields at non-thermal exposure levels. The inclusion of more recent human and animal data does not change this assessment,” the Opinion said.
 
“Human studies on child development and behavioural problems have conflicting results and methodological limitations. Therefore, the evidence of an effect is weak. Effects of exposure on foetuses from mother’s mobile phone use during pregnancy are not plausible owing to extremely low foetal exposure.”
 
“Studies on male fertility are of poor quality and provide little evidence.”
 
As part of its mandate, the independent expert advisory committee continuously monitors new scientific evidence that may influence the assessment of risks to human health in the area of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and to provide regular updates to the European Commission.
 
“The purpose of this Opinion is to update the SCENIHR Opinions of 2009 in light of newly available information and to give special consideration to areas where important knowledge gaps were identified in the previous Opinions,” the European Commission said.
 
The Opinion was open to widespread review and community consultation and 57 organisations and individuals participated with 186 comments received.
 
Each submission was carefully considered by the SCENIHR and the scientific Opinion has been revised to take account of relevant comments (pdf). The cut-off date for the literature review was extended to include relevant scientific papers published up until June 2014.
 
The full report is available here (pdf).
The EC also published an easy to read summary factsheet here.

 

Published 7/4/2015

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