Research

AMTA supports focused, ongoing quality scientific research that will assist health authorities to assess the health impact of mobile phone technologies.

In Australia, research funding is co-ordinated by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), as part of an ongoing Federal Government funding program, which takes a levy from the telecommunications industry. To date industry has committed funding of $9 million towards this research program and a public education program.

As part of this funding program a Centre of Research Excellence in EME has been established in Australia. The Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research has been set-up at the RMIT University in Melbourne.

All research is independent of industry, which has no say over how the funding is used.

AMTA welcomes new research on mobile phone safety, but emphasises that individual studies need to be seen in the light of the total research effort into mobile phone safety.

No single study can answer any scientific question, and this study, like all others, must be viewed not in isolation but against the backdrop of significant previous research.

When you take a step back and look at the weight of scientific evidence, as several independent organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) have done, there is no scientific basis for concern about the safety of mobile phones.

There is now a large body of published and peer-reviewed research into the health effects of radiofrequency emission available to health and regulatory bodies around the world, which is being continually reviewed.

Potential health impacts of radio frequency energy have 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 research.

Comprehensive reviews of more than 2500 research publications, including more than 600 studies specifically on mobile phones and base stations, by governments and health authorities continue, without exception, to find there is no substantiated scientific evidence of health effects.