How long will the WHO (and ICNIRP) continue its denialist policy regarding radiofrequency bioeffects and long term health risks from low intensity, microwave radiation associated with use of mobile phones and Wi-Fi? More importantly, what will it take to get the WHO to embrace the precautionary principle?
Announcement of International Stakeholder Seminar on Radiofrequency Policies and call for examples of good risk management practices
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking the views of stakeholders and interested parties in the process of preparing an Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) monograph on radiofrequency (RF) fields. The monograph will include a scientific review of all studied health outcomes and it will provide an overview of risk management policies and practices around the world.
As part of the EHC process, the WHO is convening a seminar on 5 June 2013 at the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) in Paris, France. The purpose of the seminar is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to present their views on specific questions to be addressed during the course of this project. The discussions at the seminar and their conclusions will be considered carefully in the development of the WHO monograph.
RF and Health: A WHO Perspective
Emile Van Deventer, ITU Workshop on EMF, May 9, 2013
At the ITU International Workshop on EMF in May 2013, Dr Emilie van Deventer from the WHO provided an overview of the WHO EMF program advising the EHC review process was already underway and was expected to be completed in 2015.
EMF Safety Guidelines -- The ICNIRP View
Rüdiger Matthes, International Commission on Non Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), May 2013
Also at the ITU workshop, Rüdiger Matthes, Chairman of the International Commission on Non Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) presented an overview of the EMF Safety Guidelines and told delegates that the Guidelines would be reviewed following the WHO EHC.
Following are some key quotes from his presentation:
- "no convincing evidence from epidemiology"
- "very few epidemiological data available (no recent studies)"
- "insufficient evidence from animal studies"
- "still insufficient evidence for firm conclusions"
- "data are still too limited for an appropriate risk assessment"
- "biological effects have not been studied very well"
- "recent high quality animal studies consistently report lack of an effect"
IARC Monograph Vol. 102 on ‘Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields PublishedOn the 19th April 2013, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published Monograph Vol. 102 on ‘Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields.‘
Monograph 102 - Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields (April 2013)
- IARC Classification Announcement - On the 31st May 2011, IARC classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.
- IARC Media Release 31 May 2011
- IARC Monographs Overview
- EMF Explained - IARC Classifications Explained
(EMF Explained is a series developed by three wireless industry associations.)