August 3, 2005

WHO reaffirms its mobile radio guidelines

heise online reports that The World Health Organization (WHO) is contradicting media reports that claim to have made out a change in "public health policy" by the WHO with regard to the use of mobile phones.

...The WHO has now spelled out unambiguously that it stands by its previous recommendations.

To date there was no proof, the organization observed, of adverse health effects due to electromagnetic fields the strengths of which were below the guideline limits published by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

In the section "Conclusions and Recommendations" it says there under item No.2 "Precautionary Measures":

Individuals: Present scientific information does not indicate the need for any special precautions for use of mobile phones. If individuals are concerned, they might choose to limit their own or their children's' RF exposure by limiting the length of calls, or using "hands-free" devices to keep mobile phones away from the head and body.

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