Monday, 17 June 2019

French parliament passes EME law

  The new law bans Wi-Fi in childcare centres.

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

The new law bans Wi-Fi networks in childcare centres, and in schools when not being used for educational purposes, and is in response to community concerns that children are more affected by exposure to electromagnetic fields than adults – a view which is not supported by international health authorities.
The law also requires that operators reduce “outlier” points – which are areas where radio frequency and electromagnetic field exposure measure above the “normal operating levels”, operators are to be given a six month period to achieve these reductions.
Importantly the new law will not lead to a change in exposure standards in France, which are based on the recommendations of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.
Titled “sobriety, transparency and consultation regarding exposure to electromagnetic fields” the new law introduces the “principal of sobriety” from exposure to electromagnetic energy into French law, but does not clearly articulate exactly what the term means.
French mobile network operators have issued a warning of the unintended economic and social consequences from a new law to limit exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields.
“The adoption of this unscientific law will impede the development of a high-speed network, which is vital to the economic growth of across the whole of France. Such a slowdown will severely restrict the digital economy, especially when it comes to connected devices,” said the statement (.pdf in French) issued by the Fédération Française des Telecoms (FFT).
In addition to the economic implications, the FFT also warned that the new law may increase levels of anxiety in the population towards the perceived risks of exposure to electromagnetic energy, which have no scientific basis.
“By disregarding the advice of public health organisations and focusing on health effects that are not proven this law runs the risk of creating unfounded anxiety in the population.”


Published 7/4/2015

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