'The Stewart Report' - a report by the Independent
Expert Group on Mobile Phones, issued in May 2000.
The full report can be seen on www.iegmp.org.uk.
This report gave advice to the
Government on mobile phones. It was over 130 pages long.
Its main conclusions on the
possible effects of mobile phone technology on human health
- despite public concern about
the safety of mobile phones and base stations, rather
little research specifically relevant to these emissions
has been published in the peer-reviewed scientific
literature. This presumably reflects the fact that it is
only recently that mobile phones have been widely used by
the public., and as yet there has been little opportunity
for any health effects to become manifest. There is
however some literature from human and animal studies,
and an extensive information base relating to potential
health effects caused by exposure to RF radiation from
mobile phone technology.
- The balance of evidence to
date suggests that exposure to RF radiation below NRPB
and ICNIRP guidelines do not cause adverse health effects
to the general population.
- There is now scientific
evidence however, which suggests that there may be
biological effects occurring at exposure levels below
these guidelines. This does not necessarily mean that
these effects lead to disease or injury, but it is
potentially important information.
- We recommend a precautionary
approach to the use of mobile phone technologies be
adopted until more detailed and scientifically robust
information on any health effects becomes available.