The WHO in its advisory has said; “Studies to date provide no indication that environmental exposure to RF (radio frequency) fields, such as from base stations, increases the risk of cancer or any other disease. Scientists have reported other health effects of using mobile phones including changes in brain activity, reaction times, and sleep patterns. These effects are minor and have no apparent health significance.”
“Because exposure to the radio frequency fields emitted by mobile phones is generally more than a 1000 times higher than from base stations, and the greater likelihood of any adverse effect being due to handsets, research has almost exclusively been conducted on possible effects of mobile phone exposure…. In particular, with the recent popularity of mobile phone use among younger people, and therefore a potentially longer lifetime of exposure, WHO has promoted further research on this group and is currently assessing the health impact of RF fields on all studied endpoints,” the WHO said.
In another related development the French government agency ANSES, in its recommendation said, “Biological effects corresponding to generally reversible changes in the inner functioning of the body can thus be observed, as is also found in the case of exposure to different stimuli of everyday life."
"However, the agency's experts were unable to establish any causal link between the biological effects described in cell models, animals or humans, and any possible resulting health effects. Given this evidence, proposing new exposure limits for the general population on health grounds does not seem justified,” it said.
“It is heartening that the recent WHO advisory continues to validate the COAI’s consistent stand that there is no empirical evidence to indicate exposure to electromagnetic fields causes higher risk of cancer and other diseases,” said Rajan S Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India.
India’s mobile industry complies and conforms to norms mandated by the Department of Telecom (DoT) ,which lowered by 90% the norms mandated by international regulatory bodies such as the WHO and the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).