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Media Misrepresents WHO Position On Cell Phone Use
World Health Organization
October 11, 2001

Recent press articles have reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) "insists mobile phone emissions are safe."

Such statements are a distortion of WHO's position on the possible health effects of mobile phone use, the organization declared today.

"Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health: Mobile Phones and their Base Stations," WHO Fact Sheet N 193, revised in June 2000 states: "None of the recent reviews have concluded that exposure to the radiofrequency (RF) fields from mobile phones or their base stations causes any adverse health consequence.

"However, there are gaps in knowledge that have been identified for further research to better assess health risks. It will take about 3-4 years for the required RF research to be completed, evaluated and to publish the final results of any health risks."

This statement continues to reflect the current status of the science and conveys WHO's position on this issue, the organization declared.

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