INTERNATIONAL RESOLUTIONS AND DECLARATIONS

As Raúl de la Rosa remind us in his book “The silenced disease: Leading scientists and doctors have launched multiple alerts and public appeals, about the serious risks that expoure to this radiations entails for population’s health.

SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL RESOLUTIONS AND DECLARATIONS

· Potential hazards of EMF and their effects on the environment. Resolution 1815 (2011) SEE PDF

· Bioinitiative Publi Summary 2012 (2012). SEE PDF

· Bioinitiative Public Summary Update 2014-2017 (2014-2017) SEE PDF

· EUROPAEM Guide for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases related to EMF. SEE PDF

· International Agency of Research of Cancer, Resolution (2011). SEE PDF

· Framework conditions for technical measurements (2015). SEE PDF

· TECHNICAL STANDARD FOR MEASUREMENT IN BAUBIOLOGIE (2015). SEE PDF

· INDICATIVE VALUES IN BAUBIOLOGIE (2007) SEE PDF

And many more, which should not be forgotten and should be considered a global risk alert.

PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

Potential hazards of electromagnetic fields and their effects on the environment

1. The Parliamentary Assembly has repeatedly stressed the importance of the commitment of the states to preserve the environment and environmental health, as indicated in numerous letters, conventions, declarations and protocols since the United Nations Conference on Human Environment and the Stockholm Declaration (Stockholm, 1972). The Assenbly refers to its previous work in this area, including the Recommendation 1863 (2009) on Environment and Health , the Recommendation 1947 (2010) on noise and light pollution and, generally, the Recommendation 1885 (2009) for the development of an additional protocol for the European Convention of Human Rights on the right to a healthy environment and Recommendation 1430 (1999) on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters (Application of the Aaarhus Convention).



2. The potential health effects of very low-frequency magnetic fields linked to electric lines an appliances are being investigated and are sparking intense public debate. According to the WHO, electromagnetic fields of all frequences are becoming more frequent increasingly influencing our environment, increasing growing concern and speculation. Today everyone is exposed to diverse degrees of EMF, the levels of which will continue to grow with advances in technology.

3. The mobile phone is currently spread all over the world. Wireless technology is based on an extensive network of fixed antennas or base stations that transmits information in the form of radio freqency signals. There are more than 1,4 millio base stations in the world and the number increases significantly with the introduction of third generation technologies. Other wireless networks that enable high-speed Internet access and other services, such as wireles local networks, are becoming increasingly popular in homes, offices, and many public places (airports, schools and residential and urban areas). With the number of base stations and wireless networks, the public’s exposure to radio frequencies also increases.

4. If the electric and electromagnetic fields of certain bands of the spectrum have fully beneficial effects, which are used in medicine, other non-ionizing frequencies, whether of extremely low frequency, power lines or certain high frequency waves, used in the fiels of radars, telecommunications and mobile telephony, appear to have potential non-thermal biological effects more or less harmful to plants, insects and animals, as well as to the human body when exposed to levels below official thresholds.

5. In terms of the norms or limits for the emissions of EMF of all types of frequencies, the Assembly recommended the application of the ALARA principle (as low as reasonably achievable), that is to say, the level as low as is reasonably possible, taking into account not only the thermal effects, but also the athermic or biological effects of the emission or radiation of EMF. Furthermore, the precautionary principle should be applied when the scientific evaluation does not determine the risk with sufficient certainty. Given the increasing exposure of the population, in particular the most vulnerable groups such as children and youth, the human and economic cost of inactivity could be very high if early warnings are ignored.


6. The Assembly regrets the lack of response to known or emerging environmental and health risks and the almost systematic delays in adoption and implementation of effective preventive measures, despite requests for the application of the precautionary principle and all the recommendations, statements and numerous normative and legislative advances. Waiting for solid scientific and clinical evidence before taking steps to prevent known risks can cause very high health and financial costs, as has been the case in the past with asbestos, leaded fuel and tobacco.

7. Moreover, the Assembly highlights that the problem of EMF or waves and their potential impact on the environment and health is obviously comparable to other current problems, such as the authorization of the marketing medicines, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals or genetically modified organisms. Therefore, the Assembly underlines the crucial importance of the independence and credibility of the scientific to obtain a transparent and objective assessment of possible adverse effects on the environment and human health.

8. Taking into account the foregoing, The Assembly recommends to the Member States of the Council of Europe:


8.1 On the whole:
8.1.1. Take all reasonable measures to reduce exposure to EMF, especially RF emitted by mobile phones, and in particular exposure of children and young people, for whom the risk of head tumors appears higher.
8.1.2. Reconsider the scientific basis of current EMF exposures standards set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, which has severe deficiencies, and apply the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable), that is, the lowest reasonably possible, both for thermal effects and athermic or biological effects of electromagnetic emissions or radiation.
8.1.3. Implement information and awareness campaigns on the risks of potentially harmful long-term biological effects on the environment and human health, especially aimed at children, teenagers and young people of reproductive age. 8.1.4. Pay special attention to “electrosensitive” people affected by syndrome of intolerance to EMF and the adoption of special measures to protect them , including the creation of “white areas” not covered by wireless networks.
8.1.5. Increase research efforts on new types of antennas, mobile phones, and devices such as DECT, in order to reduce costs, save energy and protect the environment and human health, as well as promoting research and development of telecommunications based on other technologies that are just effective, but less harmful to the environment and health.


8.2 Regarding individual use of mobile phones, DECT cordless phones, wifi, WiMax and WLAN for computers and other wireless applications, such as baby monitoring intercomes.
8.2.1 Establish prevention thresholds for long-term exposure levels to microwaves inside (buildings), in accordance with the precautionary principle, not exceeding 0.6 volts per meter (≅ 0.1 μW / cm²]) and reduce it in the mediu term to 0.2 volts per meter (0.01 μW / cm²).
8.2.2 Apply all the necessary procedures for risk assessment for any new form of devide before allowing it for its commercialisation.
8.2.3 Introduce a clear labeling system that indicates the presence of microwaves or electromagnetic fields and indicating the Transmission Power or the “Specific Absorbtion Rate” (TAS), (SAR in English and DAS in French) of the device and the health risks related to its use.
8.2.4 Inform about the potential health risks of DECT cordless telephones, baby monitoring intercoms and other household appliances that continuously emit pulsed microwaves , when all electrical devices are left permanently in the standby position, and recommend the used or corded telephones in homes or, failing that, models that do not permanently emit pulsed waves.


8.3 Regarding the protection of children:
8.3.1 Design, within the different ministries (education, environment and health), information campaigns aimed at teachers, mothers and fathers and children to warn them of the specific risks of early, indiscriminate and prolongued used of mobile phones and other devices that emit microwaves.
8.3.2 Give preference, for children in general and especially in the school, in classrooms, to internet access systems through cable connection (that is, avoiding wifi wireless connection) and to strictly regulate the use of student’s phones on school ground.


8.4 Regarding the planning of power lines and mobile phone antenna base station:
8.4.1 Take urban planning measures that require a safe distance between high voltage lines and other electrical installations and homes.
8.4.2 Apply strict safety standards regarding the health impact of electrical installations in new homes.
8.4.3 Reduce the admissible threshold for antennas in accordance with the ALARA principle and install global and continuous monitoring systems for all antennas.
8.4.4 Determine the location of any new GSM, UMTS, wifi or WiMax antenna, not only based on the interests of the operators, but consulting the local authorities and residents or associations of affected citizens.


8.5 Regarding the style of risk assessment and the precautions to be taken:
8.5.1 Risk assessment should focus, to a greater extent, on prevention.
8.5.2 Improve risk assessment criteria and assessment quality by creating a standard risk scale, making it mandatory to indicate the level of risk, causing various risk assumptions to be studied, taking into account compatibility with real life conditions.
8.5.3 Take into account and protect the early warners scientists.
8.5.4 Formulate a definition of the precautionary principle and the ALARA principle based on human rights.
8.5.5 Increase public funding for independent research, especially through donations from companies and taxes on products that are subject of public studyfor health risk assessment.
8.5.6 Create independent commissions for the allocation of public funds.
8.5.7 Enforceability of transparency in pressure groups.
8.5.8 Promote pluralistic and controversial debates among all stakeholders, including civil society (Aarhus Convention).


1 Text adopted by the Standing Committee, acting on behalf of the Assembly, on May 27, 2011 (see Doc. 12608, report of the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Territorial Affairs, speaker: M. Huss).
2 Translator’s note: This resolution proposes to lower, almost 1000 times, the legal limits of exposure since Spanish state legislation currently does not distinguish between indoor and outdoor exposure of buildings or homes, as well as does not contemplate non-thermal effects and long term.

INTENATIONAL APPEAL

Scientists ask for protection against exposure to non-ionizing EMF

Your Excellency Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations; The Honorable Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the WHO; The Honorable Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programm; Member States of the United Nations

We are scientists dedicated to the study of biological effects and on the health of non-ionizing EMF. Based on the reviewed and published in scientific journals research, we have a serious concern regarding the the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electrical and wireless devices. These include, but are not limited, to radio frequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as mobile and cordless phones and their base stations, wifi, transmitting antennas, smart meters and baby monitors, as well as electric devices and infrastructures used to supply electricity that generate very low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF EMF).




 

Scientific support for the concerns we share

Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affect living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased risk of cancer, cellular stress, increased harmful free radicals, genetic damage, structural and functional changes in the reproductive system, deficits in learning and memory, neurological disorders, and negative effects on the general well-being of humans. The damage goes beyond the human species, as there is increasing evidence of harmful effects for both plants and animals.

These results justify our call to the United Nations and to all member states of the world, to encourage the World Health Organization (WHO) to exercise important leadership in promoting the development of EMF guidelines that protect to the population, to promote precautionary measures, and to educate the general public about health risks, especially for children and in the period of fetal development.

In case of not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as international body responsible for public health.


International guidelines for non-ionizing EMFs are inadequate

The different bodies responsible for setting safety standards have not succeeded in imposing the necessary guidelines to protect the general public, and in particular children who are most vulnerable to the effects of EMF.

The International Commission for the Protection of Non-Ionizing Radiations (ICNIRP) established in 1998 the “Guidelines for limiting exposure to time-varying electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields” (above 300 Ghz)”.

1. These guidelines are accepted by the WHO and by many countries around the world. WHO is campaigning for all nations to adopt these ICNIRP guidelines to reach international harmonization. In 2009, the ICNIRP issued a statement reaffirming its 1998 guidelines since, in its opinion, the scientific literature published since then “has not presented evidence of any adverse effects at levels below the basic restrictions and, therefore, does not require an immediate review of its guidelines on limiting exposure to high frequency electromagnetic fields “.

2. ICNIRP continues to make these claims to this day, despite growing scientific evidence to the contrary. Our opinion is that since the ICNIRP guidelines do not take into account the effects of long-term low intensity exposure, they are insufficient to protect public health.

WHO adopted the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification for low frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF: ELF) in 20023 and for radio frequency radiation (RFR) in 20114. This classification establishes that electromagnetic fields (EMF) are a possible human carcinogen (group 2B). Despite both IARC conclusions, WHO continues to maintain that there is insufficient evidence to justify lowering these quantitative exposure limits. Since there is controversy over the foundation for setting standards to avoid adverse health effects, it is recommended that the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) convene and fund an independent multidisciplinary committee to explore the pros and cons of alternatives to current practices that could substantially reduce human exposure to RF and ELF. The deliberations of this group must be conducted in a transparent and impartial way. While it is essential that industry participate and cooperate in this process, it should not be allowed to bias its procedures or conclusions. This group must transmit its analysis to the UN and the WHO to direct preventive action.

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COLLECTIVELY WE ALGO ASK FOR:



1. Children and pregnant women must be protected.

2. Regulatory guidelines and standards must be tightened.

3. Manufacturers must be urged to develop safer technology.

4. The public services responsible for the generation, transmission, distribution and supervision of electricity must maintain adequate power quality and ensure adequate electrical wiring to minimize harmful ground current.

5. The public must be well informed about the potential health risks of electromagnetic energy and educated on harm reduction strategies.

http://www.icnirp.org/cms/upload/publications/ICNIRPemfgdl.pdf
http://www.icnirp.org/cms/upload/publications/ICNIRPStatementEMF.pdf
http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol80/
http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol102/

6. Health professionals should be educated about the biological effects of electromagnetic energy and must be provided with the necessary training for the treatment of patients with electromagnetic sensitivity.




7. Governments should provide training and allocate funds for research on electromagnetic fields and health, which should be independent from industry and should urge industry to cooperate with researchers.

8. The media should disclose the financial relationships of the experts with the industry by citing their opinions regarding the health and safety aspects of the technologies that produce EMF, and…

9. White areas (radiation-free areas) should be established.

Date of the next version: August 2017.

Current list of firms published in the English version at www.emfscientist.org. Inquiries can be made through Elizabeth Kelley, M.A., Director, EMFscientist.org, info@EMFScientist.org.

Note: the signatories of this appeal have signed it on a personal level, providing their professional affiliations, but this does not necessarily mean that they agree with the views of their employers or the professional organizations to which they are affiliated.

Citations:
http://www.icnirp.org/cms/upload/publications/ICNIRPemfgdl.pdf
http://www.icnirp.org/cms/upload/publications/ICNIRPStatementEMF.pdf
http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol80/
http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol102/

 

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