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Government Health Agencies Recommendations

See also: Science Overview | Growing Awareness

The following is a list of recommendations from government health agencies across the world:

2011

World Health Organization (May 2011) adds radio frequency radiation to the classification of IARC class 2B carcinogen (possibly carcinogenic), in the same category as lead and DDT.

European council (May 2011) warns on mobile phones, Wi-Fi, WLAN, WiMax, DECT cordless phones, wireless baby monitors, and suggests for a ban in schools for health reasons, and calls for protection of electrosensitive people. Here is the final version of Resolution 1815 (2011).

Russian report RNCNIRP (2011) warns on health effects of mobile phone EMF's especially on youths.

San Francisco (July/August 2011) is the first city to pass the cell phone safety "Right to Know" ordinance, requiring cell phone retailers to distribute an educational sheet.

Indian Inter-ministerial Committee on EMF Radiation (2011): cautions that mobile phones and towers pose serious health risks, and recommends SAR values and cell phone precautions to be made readily available, and for RF exposures limits to be reduced for towers, and for restriction of tower installations in certain areas.

UK Chief Medical Officers (2011) advise that youths under 16 use mobile phone only for essential purposes and keep calls short.

Health Canada (October 2011) advises children under age 18 to limit cell phone talking time.

Spanish Basque Parliament (October 2011) (El Parlamento Vasco) urges promotion of campaigns against children's excessive use of cell phones.

2010

France (July 2010) has a new cell phone statute requiring SAR posting, and bans cell phone ads aimed at children, and sale of cell phones targeted at kids younger than 6.

Israel's Health Ministry (July 2010): "Israel's Ministry of Health issued a warning today against extensive use of cordless telephones, similar to the warning it has issued about cell phones..

Australia Radiation Protection agency (June 2010) provides official caution for children to text rather than talk.

2009

European Parliament (February 2009) adopted by an overwhelming vote, a resolution on health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields (EMFs), recalling that wireless technology, such as mobile phones, Wi-Fi/WiMAX, Bluetooth, and DECT landline telephones, may have adverse health effects, and also calling for safer siting of masts and transmitters, e.g., away from schools and health care institutions.

European Environment Agency (2009) director advises against regular cell phone use by children

Finland's government (January 2009) says children's cell phone use should be restricted, by shorter calls, hands-free device, texting instead of talking, etc. Switzerland Federal Office of Public Health (2009) recommends keeping calls short or sending text message instead, only using a phone when signal quality is good, and choosing a low SAR phone. Korea, Seoul Metropolitan Council (2009) bans cell phone use at schools.

2008 and earlier

Israel (2008): calls for limiting children's cell phone use, using wired, not wireless earpieces, and avoiding use in enclosed places like elevators and trains, following a national study detecting an association between cell phone use and salivary gland tumors.

India (2007) calls for no use in children under 16 years of age and calls for no ads with children and pregnant women.

German government's health protection agency . (January 2006): recommends removing cordless DECT phones, using cabled connections rather than wi-fi and Bluetooth, and siting wi-fi access points away from people.

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