Electromagnetic fields and health
Technologies which use radio frequency waves - Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Wimax, mobile telephones, etc. - have seen rapid growth over the last 20 years. Due to this, the sources of radio frequency electromagnetic fields have become abundant in our environment, and have become a subject of health concern, as well as a concern for the environment, both in France and abroad. The subject therefore has received constant coverage both in a scientific and a political context and with regard to the media. The Agency is involved is expertise activities in virtually all the areas involving the full spectrum of ionising radiation, from extremely low frequencies to millimetre waves. See our work on this topic.
Radiofrequency technologies and related applications have developed considerably over the past twenty years. These new technologies are likely to increase radiofrequency exposure of the general population and of users, and give rise to a wide range of questions concerning use, measurement, biological and clinical effects, epidemiology and regulations, etc. as well as a variety of concerns, mainly regarding their possible impact on health. In this context, radiofrequency waves are a major topic of interest for the Agency. To respond to the questions raised concerning use of this technology, ANSES has undertaken several expert appraisals in the area of health effects related to radiofrequency energy.
Following the attempted attack on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit in December 2009, the French Interior Security Council called for the rapid installation of millimetre wave body scanners (24 - 30 GHz) in French airports for checking passengers. The Agency received two formal requests, in 2010 and 2012, to assess the potential health risks associated with these devices. It has issued a series of recommendations concerning all millimetre wave body scanners.
Technologies which use radiofrequency waves – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, mobile telephones, etc. – have seen rapid growth over the last 20 years. Due to this, sources of radio frequency electromagnetic fields have become abundant in our environment and over recent years have become a subject of health concern as well as a concern for the environment in both France and abroad. The subject therefore has received constant coverage both in a scientific and a political context, and with regard to the media.
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