Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields

The EU’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has published the final Opinion on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields.

This Opinion addresses the potential health effects of mobile phones, WiFi and the magnetic fields originating from power lines and electrical appliances in the home. It states that:

  • Current scientific research does not link exposure to electromagnetic fields below the limits suggested by EU legislation with adverse health problems
  • The epidemiological studies on mobile phone radiofrequency exposure do not show an increased risk of brain tumours, nor do they indicate an increased risk for other cancers of the head and neck region
  • The association of radio frequencies with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease that was suggested by previous studies was not confirmed by new studies that did not find any link
  • Epidemiological studies link exposure to Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) fields, from long-term living in close proximity to power lines for example, to a higher rate of childhood leukaemia, which is a rare blood cancer. However, this correlation has neither been explained or supported by animal and cellular studies. So far, research findings were not able to find a possible mechanism to explain this association. More research is needed to confirm or exclude a possible causal association.

To read the full Opinion, click here http://ec.europa.eu

For a summary fact sheet, click here on http://ec.europa.eu