April 2002

Health Council of the Netherlands issues report on health effects

A report by the Health Council of the Netherlands has concluded: "….there is at present no cause for concern" that mobile phones can adversely affect health. The 96-page report, like most others from review panels, also says that further research is indicated. The Council "finds no reason in the scientific data concerning non-thermal effects …to apply the precautionary principle and lower the SAR limits for partial body exposure".

The report can be found at www.gr.nl

Reference: Health Council of the Netherlands. Mobile telephones; an evaluation of health effects. The Hague: Health Council of the Netherlands, 2002; publication no. 2002/OIE.

A Report on the Precautionary Principle

The "precautionary principle" is a much-used phrase with regards to mobile phones. A report from the European Environment Agency examines a number of environmental issues that occurred in the 20th Century, and examines lessons that can be learned from these examples.

The report is available on PDF at http://reports.eea.eu.int

Reference: Late lessons from early warnings: the precautionary principle 1896-2000. Environmental issue report No. 22. OPOCE ã EEA, Copenhagen, 2001.

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