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How expert bodies assess mobile communications

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The limit values are based on a broad consensus among scientists.

Various expert bodies and national authorities are unanimous in their approval of the limit values. They conclude: Provided the valid exposure limits are complied with, mobile communications presents no risk to people's health – including that of the infirm, pregnant women and children.

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection ICNIRP

ICNIRP stands for International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. ICNIRP is an independent panel of experts and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). ICNIRP's exposure limit recommendations for mobile communications were issued in 1998. In 2009 and 2011, after evaluating the latest research findings, ICNIRP again confirmed that it is safe to use mobile communications provided that the exposure limits are complied with.

Germany's Commission on Radiological Protection (SSK)

Germany's Commission on Radiological Protection (SSK) advises the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on all matters relating to protection against ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. In September 2011, SSK again endorsed the limit values for Germany. On the basis of all the available research findings relating to mobile communications and health, SSK concludes: "In agreement with other international bodies (ICNIRP 2009, WHO 2011), we do not see any reason to challenge the protection concepts on which the present exposure limits are based."

EU Scientific Committee: SCENHIR

SCENIHR (Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks) is an independent scientific body and advises the European Commission on issues relating to health and consumer protection. Based on the current state of research, SCENHIR also reassures the public in its latest 2014 evaluation. This new assessment of SCENHIR issued since the last 2009 evaluation give no cause to question the exposure limits.