Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and children’s brains
18 October 2011
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There is no scientific evidence for a negative influence of exposure to electromagnetic field of mobile telephones, base station antennas or Wi-Fi equipment on the development and functioning of the brain and on health in children. This is the main conclusion of an advisory report the Health Council presented today to the State Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment.
The conclusion corresponds to those of previous reports of the council. In recent years new research has been published on effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields on children. The presently available knowledge is no cause of concern. But, since there is relatively little information on this subject, the Health Council feels that more research is needed, in particular into effects in young children and into long term effects. The Health Council sees no reason to modify the current exposure limits. These have been designed with a large uncertainty margin, especially to take into account possible vulnerable groups including children.