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MOBILE REGULATIONS


Check what international authorities are doing or have done already in terms of mobile regulation.


World Health Organization

World Health Organization: classified cell phone radiation as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer that the multinational INTERPHONE cancer study has associated with long-term cell phone use. It recommended that "Consumers should consider ways of reducing their exposure." Some studies have suggested an association between frequent, long-term cell phone use, salivary gland tumors and acoustic neuromas, tumors of the nerve that links the ear to the brain.

European Union

In 6 May 2011, Committee on the Environment at Council of Europe prepared report to ban all mobile phones, DECT phones or WIFI or WLAN systems froms classrooms and schools in all European Countires.

Austria

In 2005, Austrias Public Health Department bans WLAN and DECT phones in public schools. In March 2012, the Austrian Medical Association (OAK) releases guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of health problems caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields. See: http://www.aerztekammer.at/documents/10618/976981/EMF-Guideline.pdf

Belgium

According to the Federal Public Service, beginning in March, 2014, new regulations will apply to the sale of mobile phones in Belgium. Childrens mobile phones will be banned. The specific absorption rate (SAR) for every mobile phone must be listed at the point of sale and the following warning must be provided to customers:

France

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health, ANSES, announced on 15 October 2013 that all common devices emitting electromagnetic fields intended for use near the body (DECT telephones, tablet computers, baby monitors, etc.) display the maximum level of exposure generated (SAR, for example), as is already the case for mobile phones." The Agency further recommends that childrens exposure should be reduced "by encouraging only moderate use of mobile phones, ideally with hands-free kits and mobile terminals with the lowest SAR values." French government also banned mobile phones in schools.

Germany

In 2006, Germanys government states it will not install WiFi in its schools until it has been shown to be harmless.

India

India may ban import of mobile phones that dont display their radiation emission levels in September 2013. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) will shortly issue a notification calling for mandatory disclosure of specific absorption rate (SAR) as a pre-condition for future handset imports. In September 2012, Indian government issued a new mobile radiation law that lowered the exposure limit of mobile handsets from a SAR of 2.0 W/kg to 1.6 W/kg and made it mandatory for wireless device manufacturers to display the SAR values on their handsets.

Israel

On 30 August 2011, the Israeli Ministry of Education publishes guidelines strictly limiting the use of mobile phones on all school grounds, citing childrens and youths increased risk of malignant tumors and the passive exposure experienced by children who do not use phones. TheIsraeli parliament in April 2012 passed a law that requires all cell phones sold in Israel to bear a health hazard warning label that reads: "Warning - the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children."

Russia

In 2008, Russian National Committee for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection warns that cell phones are unsafe even for short conversations. Children under 16, pregnant women, epileptics, and people with memory loss, sleep disorders and neurological diseases should never use cell phones. On 19 June 2012, the Committee has officially recommended that WiFi not be used in schools.

Switzerland

In Switzerland, from 2009, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) states: "The effects of radiation from mobile telephony on brain function and the occurrence of brain tumors are currently under investigation. Until such time as reliable research findings are available, it is advisable to minimize exposure of the head to radiation".

United Kingdom

The government of the U.K. has adopted a precautionary principle regarding exposure to cell phone radiation: "Warning: the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children."

United States

The Federal Communications Commission officially opened an inquiry 29 March 2013 into whether U.S. standards need to be updated to protect people from cell phone radiation. The current standards have not been updated since 1996. These guidelines set a maximum radiation exposure level that is based on how much heat is emitted and absorbed by mobile phones. And the original guidelines for this test were based on behavioral studies on the effects of cellphone radiation on animals in the 1980s.
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