RF Safety – What the Experts Say

CANADA

B.C. Centre for Disease Control

“As technology has improved, the RF energy emitted from individual cell phones has decreased. As the cell phone network is enlarged with more antennas installed, cell phones require less power to connect to the network, thereby lowering the user’s exposure to RF waves.

Safety Code 6 limits are in line with the recommendations of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which have been adopted by the UK, Europe, and most other countries outside of Canada and the U.S.

“[Safety Code 6] exposure levels have been set at an intensity level below which no observed adverse effects occur from exposures even if encountered daily over a lifetime.”

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Health Canada

”The exposure limits in Safety Code 6 are based upon the lowest exposure level at which any scientifically established adverse health effect occurs. Safety margins have been incorporated into the exposure limits to ensure that even worst-case exposures remain far below the threshold for harm.

”The scientific approach used to establish the exposure limits in Safety Code 6 is comparable to that employed by other science-based international standards bodies. As such, the basic restrictions in Safety Code 6 are similar to those adopted by most other nations, since all science-based, standard-setting bodies use the same scientific data.”

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Institut national de santé publique du Québec

”The potential effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) have been the subject of numerous studies on cells, animals, and humans. Although current research does not allow us to entirely exclude the possibility risks, no short- or long-term adverse effects have been established as a result of exposure to RF-EMFs within the established limits.

”The effects of RF-EMFs at exposure levels above established limits are well characterized. Exposure limits established by regulatory bodies are determined so as to prevent all established adverse health effects.”

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Public Health Ontario

”The Royal Society of Canada performed a highly credible review in 1999. Updates to this review have been published; the most recent in 2009. While the most recent review continues to call for additional research to follow up on new findings, after a decade of additional research, there is still no conclusive evidence of adverse effects on health at exposure levels below current Canadian guidelines.

”There is general agreement that the exposure limits in Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 are protective against effects produced through tissue heating. Consistent evidence on the level at which this occurs is available and exposure limits can be set on the basis of this well-established effect and use of safety factors selected by the standard setting organization.”

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INTERNATIONAL

American Cancer Society

”Some people have expressed concern that living, working, or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems. At this time, there is very little evidence to support this idea.

“Public exposure to radio waves from cell phone tower antennas is slight for several reasons… near typical cellular base stations, the amount of RF energy is thousands of times less than the limits for safe exposure set by the U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and other regulatory authorities. It is very unlikely that a person could be exposed to RF levels in excess of these limits just by being near a cell phone tower.”

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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

“Contrary to some claims, there are no established health effects from the radio waves that the 5G network uses… the established science is that there is no clear diagnostic criteria and there is a lack of evidence that exposure to radio waves is the cause. ARPANSA advises those affected to seek individual medical advice on their symptoms from a qualified medical professional.

“ARPANSA and the World Health Organization (WHO) are not aware of any well-conducted scientific investigations where health symptoms were confirmed as a result of radio wave exposure in the everyday environment.”

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (United States)

“At this time we do not have the science to link health problems to cell phone use. Scientific studies are underway to determine whether cell phone use may cause health effects. It is also important to consider the benefits of cell phones. Their use can be valuable in an urgent or emergency situation – and even save lives.”

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European Commission

”The epidemiological studies on mobile phone RF electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure do not show an increased risk of brain tumours. Furthermore, they do not indicate an increased risk for other cancers of the head and neck region… Overall, there is a lack of evidence that mobile phone RF EMF affects cognitive functions in humans.

“For symptoms triggered by short-term exposure to RF fields (measured in minutes to hours), the consistent results from multiple double-blind experiments give a strong overall weight of evidence that such effects are not caused by RF exposure.

“For symptoms associated with longer-term exposures (measured in days to months), the evidence from observational studies is broadly consistent and weighs against a causal effect.”

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Federal Communications Commission (United States)

“In recent years, publicity, speculation, and concern over claims of possible health effects due to RF emissions from hand-held wireless telephones prompted various research programs to investigate whether there is any risk to users of these devices There is no scientific evidence to date that proves that wireless phone usage can lead to cancer or a variety of other health effects, including headaches, dizziness or memory loss.”

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“The FCC sets radiofrequency limits in close consultation with the FDA and other health agencies. After a thorough review of the record and consultation with these agencies, we find it appropriate to maintain the existing radiofrequency limits, which are among the most stringent in the world for cell phones.”

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Food and Drug Administration (United States)

“Based on our ongoing evaluation of this issue, the totality of the available scientific evidence continues to not support adverse health effects in humans caused by exposures at or under the current radiofrequency energy exposure limits. We believe the existing safety limits for cell phones remain acceptable for protecting the public health.”

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International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection

”It is the opinion of ICNIRP that the scientific literature published since the 1998 guidelines has provided no evidence of any adverse effects below the basic restrictions and does not necessitate an immediate revision of its guidance on limiting exposure to high frequency electromagnetic fields.”

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Public Health England (formerly Health Protection Agency)

“The evidence suggests that RF field exposure below guideline levels does not cause acute symptoms in humans, and that people, including those who report being sensitive to RF fields, cannot detect the presence of RF fields. Similarly, well-conducted studies do not suggest that exposure to RF fields gives rise to acute cognitive effects.

“Taken together, these studies provide no evidence of health effects of RF field exposures below internationally accepted guideline levels. In particular, well-performed large-scale studies have found no evidence that RF fields affect the initiation and development of cancer, and there has been no consistent evidence of effects on the brain, nervous system or the blood-brain barrier, on auditory function, or on fertility and reproduction.

“In summary, although a substantial amount of research has been conducted in this area, there is no convincing evidence that RF field exposure below guideline levels causes health effects in adults or children.”

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World Health Organization

“A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.

“Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects.”

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