Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health. In partnership with provincial and territorial governments, Health Canada provides national leadership to develop health policy, enforce health regulations, promote disease prevention and enhance healthy living for all Canadians.
Electromagnetics Division is part of the Consumer and Clinical Radiation
Protection Bureau. It develops guidelines for the protection of the
general public and workers from exposure to electromagnetic fields.
It also sets regulations and carries out research. The web site also
includes answers to frequently asked questions on the safety of exposure
to radiofrequency fields.
NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services. NIOSH identifies the causes of work-related diseases and injuries and the potential hazards of new work technologies and practices.
electromagnetic fields section of the NIOSH site provides links to information
Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS)
BEMS is an independent organisation of biological and physical scientists, physicians, and engineers interested in the interactions of non-ionising radiation with biological systems.
Information on the Bioelectromagnetic Society's newsletters, publications and planned meetings can be found on the site. It also offers a series of links to related sites.
This web site has a consumer section that provides useful information. A section of the FCC site relates specifically to radiofrequency safety. It can be found at www.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety
Through statements and a series of questions and answers, the FDA's site outlines its role concerning the safety of mobile phones, the possibility of mobile phones presenting a health hazard and what can be done to minimize potential risks. In addition, it offers summaries of research conducted by the U.S. mobile phone industry, and by others, into the safety of mobile phones.
The Radiation Protection Division carries out the Agency's work on ionising and non-ionising radiations. It undertakes research to advance knowledge about protection from the risks of these radiations; provides laboratory and technical services; runs training courses; provides expert information and has a significant advisory role. Its site gives an overview of a variety of issues pertaining to wireless technology and health. It includes access to documents and reports from the Division.
The Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) is a technical committee under the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EBMS) of the IEEE. Its primary area of interest is biological effects of non-ionising electromagnetic radiation. It "examines and interprets the biological effects and presents its findings in an authoritative manner, usually in Technical Information Statements or Position Papers".
The statements and papers are posted on the site. Recent papers deal with electromagnetic hypersensitivity and with protective devices for cell phones.
site is dedicated to providing information about radiation and personal
health via numerous sources including reviews of studies and reports,
and a series of joint publications with the International Labour Organisation,
United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organisation.
Topics covered by the site include the possible health hazards of electromagnetic
fields, guidelines for maximum exposure and the protection of workers
The NCRP is chartered by the US Congress, but is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit, public service organisation. It seeks to formulate and widely disseminate information, guidance and recommendations on radiation protection and measurements that represent the consensus of leading scientific thinking. It also facilitates and stimulates cooperation among organisations concerned with the scientific and related aspects of radiation protection and measurements.
NCRP site provides abstracts for a series of NCRP publications including
reports, commentaries, statements and symposium proceedings. You are
able to order the complete version of publications.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), is a specialised agency of the United Nations with 191 Member States. WHO promotes technical co-operation for health among nations, carries out programmes to control and eradicate disease and strives to improve the quality of human life.
WHO is responsible for the International Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Project, established in 1996. The International EMF Project assesses health and environmental effects of exposure to static and time varying electric magnetic fields in the frequency range 0-300 GHz, with a view to the development of international guidelines on exposure limits.
International EMF Project identifies telecommunications facilities and
associated devices, such as cell phones, as major sources of exposure
to EMF. Relevant information available on this website includes extensive
profiles on EMF research, international EMF standards and scientific
reports on the personal health effects of exposure to EMF.
Expert Group on Mobile Phones and Health, UK
The Research Center for Bioelectromagnetic Interaction is a University Hospital Department of the Aachen University. The centre conducts interdisciplinary research on the interaction of electromagnetic fields.
The site maintains a database of publications on the biological effects of low and high frequency fields. Access to a database of publication titles is available on-line.
EMF-Link, sponsored by Information Ventures Inc., is a biomedical science and engineering clearinghouse on electric and magnetic fields.
provides substantive information on biological and health effects of
electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) from common sources such as power
lines, electrical wiring, appliances, medical equipment, communication
facilities, cellular phones, and computers.
Microwave News is an on-line source for non-ionising radiation and personal health.
Current and backdated editions of Microwave Newsletters are accessible on the site, and an exhaustive list of North American and international links on wireless and health.