2 September 2008
Last year a report was published that is playing an increasingly prominent role in the debate on electromagnetic fields and health: the BioInitiative Report . It contains recommendations to reduce the exposure limits for electromagnetic fields that are currently applied in the Netherlands and in many other countries. In an advisory report, the Electromagnetic Fields Committee of the Health Council now gives its opinion as to the scientific value of the BioInitiative report. The Committee concludes that this report is not an objective and balanced reflection of the current state of scientific knowledge and does not provide any grounds for revising the current views as to the risks of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
- Dr. G.C. van Rhoon, physicist; Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam, chairman
- Dr. L.M. van Aernsbergen, physicist; Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Hague, advisor
- Prof. G. Brussaard, Emeritus Professor of Radio communication; Eindhoven University of Technology
- Dr. G. Kelfkens, physicist, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, advisor
- Prof. H. Kromhout, Professor of Occupational Hygiene and Exposure Determination, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht
- Prof. F.E. van Leeuwen, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology; Free University Amsterdam, and Dutch Cancer Institute, Amsterdam
- Dr. H.K. Leonhard, physicist; Ministry of Economic Affairs, Groningen, advisor
- Prof. W.J. Wadman, Professor of Neurobiology, University of Amsterdam
- D.H.J. van de Weerdt, MD, specialist in medical environmental affairs; Gelderland Midden emergency services / Arnhem mental health services
- Prof. A.P.M. Zwamborn, Professor of Electromagnetic Effects; Eindhoven University of Technology, and TNO, The Hague
- Dr. E. van Rongen, radiobiologist; Health Council, The Hague, secretary.
Health Council of the Netherlands. BioInitiative report. The Hague: Health Council of the Netherlands, 2008; publication no. 2008/17E.