Two members of the EU Parliament, Claus Buchner and Michèle Rivasi, published on June 19, 2020 a document on International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection. It shows the many conflicts of interest that exist among the ICNIRP members.
It clearly also shows that the ICNIRP guidelines should not be used for radiofrequency radiation. At pages 48-49 this is concluded:
“We think that the call for more independent scientific assessment in this area is, for all the arguments mentioned above and in what follows, fully justified. 49 That is the most important conclusion of this report: for really independent scientific advice we cannot rely on ICNIRP. The European Commission and national governments, from countries like Germany, should stop funding ICNIRP. It is high time that the European Commission creates a new, public and fully independent advisory council on non-ionizing radiation. The funds currently allocated to ICNIRP could be used to set up this new organisation. And given the overall rise in R&D funding via Horizon Europe, with a foreseen budget (for 2021-2027) of between 75 and 100 billion euros, funding should in no way constitute an insurmountable hurdle to setting up this new, truly independent, body.”
Posted on July 16, 2020
Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Korea – Study:- Maternal cell phone use during pregnancy – effect on pregnancy duration and risk for preterm birth
“Previous studies evaluating potential effects of prenatal exposure to radiofrequency fields from cell phones on birth outcomes are inconsistent. We explored if maternal cell phone use was associated with pregnancy duration and foetal growth. We used information from 55,507 pregnant women and their children from Denmark (1996-2002), the Netherlands (2003-2004), Spain (2003-2008) and Korea (2006-2011). Based on self-reported number of cell phone calls per day, exposure was grouped as none, low (reference level), intermediate, and high. We examined pregnancy duration (gestational age at birth, preterm/post-term birth), foetal growth (birth weight ratio, small/large for gestational age), and birth weight, low and high birth weight, and meta-analysed cohort specific estimates.
The intermediate exposure group had higher risk of giving birth at lower gestational age and exposure-response relationships were found for shorter pregnancy duration and preterm birth. We observed no association with foetal growth or birth weight. In conclusion, maternal cell phone use during pregnancy may be associated with shorter pregnancy duration and increased risk for preterm birth. Results should be interpreted with caution, as they may reflect stress during pregnancy or other residual confounding, rather than direct effect of cell phone exposure.
Click here to see study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30995291
At a meeting in Paris on 17 April 2019 Eric van Rongen, the present ICNIRP chairman presented a draft on new international guidelines for radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposure. The presentation is freely available at the web although labelled as a ’draft – do not cite or quote’.
Most remarkable is that the science on health effects is still based on thermal (heating) effect from Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) just as the evaluations published 1998 and updated in 2009.
In the draft only thermal effects are considered for health effects. Van Rongen states there is ’No evidence that RF-EMF causes such diseases as cancer’.
These comments are based on the power point presentation. However, there is no evidence that non-thermal effects are considered and thus a large majority of scientific evidence on human health effects, not to mention hazards to the environment. Thus the basis for new guidelines is flawed and the whole presentation should be dismissed as scientifically flawed.
If this draft represents the final version on ICNIRP guidelines it is time to close down ICNIRP since their evaluation is not based on science but on selective data such as only thermal effects from RFR, see also www.emfcall.org.
The USA National Toxicology Program (NTP) animal study on cancer risk from exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) has previously reported an increased incidence of glioma and Schwann cell tumours, that is similar types of tumours as have been reported in human epidemiology. We have commented on the similarity of the findings.
The NTP study presented recently data on DNA damage in the same study, see Smith-Roe SL et al. Evaluation of the genotoxicity of cell phone radiofrequency radiation in male and female rats and mice following sub-chronic exposure. Environ Mol Mutagen. 2019 Oct 21. doi: 10.1002/em.22343
As already presented the present Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for mobile phones is based on a distance of 5 mm between the phone and body (skin). The real situation for most persons is no distance (0 mm). According to Microwave News the French government asks for new SAR measurements based on real-life situation, see excerpts. For more details see Microwave News:
On October 25, 2019, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health issued a statement with these key points:
- France will ask the European Commission to reinforce the requirements for new mobile phones put on the market. As recommended by the National Agency for Safety, Environment and Labor (ANSES), the Government will request that the approval tests be carried out in contact with the apparatus, and not 5 mm away as is currently the case. This will be more representative of actual exposures;
- The National Frequency Agency (ANFR) will develop tools to improve user information: (a) The mobile application “Open Barres” will be completed by the end of the year to allow each user to know the emissions of his mobile phone model (b) The recommended usage distance will also be indicated on the ANFR website, which already cites distances for the telephones checked, as well as the “Open Barres” application. If there is cooperation from manufacturers, they will be available by the end of the year.
- The Government will bring together major manufacturers to take voluntary steps to update the software of their models already on the market, before the adoption of recent, more restrictive emission standards;
- ANFR’s monitoring of products placed on the market will be increased by 30% in 2020.
Posted on July 20, 2020 Comments2 Comments on guidelines and conflicts of interest and EU
In a new article the outdated guidelines for radiofrequency radiation by ICNIRP are discussed. These guidelines are used by many countries. The recent publication by ICNIRP gives even higher levels for exposure compared with the previous ones. Only heating (thermal) effects are considered.
The conclusion in the article is that: “..the ICNIRP has failed to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of health risks associated with RF radiation. The latest ICNIRP publication cannot be used for guidelines on this exposure.”
Posted on March 31, 2020
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) is an international commission specialized in non-ionizing radiation protection. The organization’s activities include determining exposure limits for electromagnetic fields used by devices such as cellular phones.