IARC advised to revisit radiofrequency cancer risk

Posted on Apr 16, 2024

An Advisory Group has recommended that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) should reassess the cancer risks associated with non-ionizing radiofrequency radiation with high priority. According to the summary issued last week in The Lancet Oncology, the group suggests that the new evaluation should take place in latter half of 5-year period (2025–2029) due to new human cancer and animal cancer evidence to warrant re-evaluation of the classification. Besides radiofrequency fields, several other agents were recommended for revisit, e.g., hair coloring products, acrylamide or paracetamol.
A detailed report of the advisory committee will be published subsequently.

Research funding

Posted on Apr 2, 2024

The Swiss Research Foundation for Electricity and Mobile Communication (FSM) is awarding CHF 150,000 in 2024 for a research project dealing with exposure to radiofrequency EMF or biological effects of mobile radio on humans, fauna and/or flora. Interested researchers are invited to submit a pre-proposal by June 30, 2024.
For more details, please see the FSM homepage.

Webinar of the SEAWAVE project

Posted on Jan 3, 2024

The European SEAWAVE project aims to assess risks but also to characterize exposures and their evolutions with the deployment of new technologies as 5G.

The webinar on the SEAWAVE project held on the 15th of January 2024 will be an opportunity to learn about the recent results of the SEAWAVE project on exposure assessments and their analysis. The seminar will focus first on exposures induced by base station antennas. Various presentations will discuss and analyze frequency-selective measurements carried out in Europe, not only via spot measurement outside or inside buildings, but also while walking in commercial areas and in public places, during car journeys or on public transportation.

Participation in this webinar is free but requires prior registration. More information about the webinar and the way to participate, you can find here.

ICNIRP Commission 2024-2028

Posted on Dec 13, 2023

Every four years the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) elects its Commission members. Following a call for nominations extended to the IRPA national Societies, the IRPA Executive Council, and to national public radiation protection authorities and international radiation protection organizations (see news article from 7 August 2023), the election took place at the ICNIRP Annual General Meeting, 20-22 November 2023, Basel, Switzerland.

The ICNIRP Commission 2024-2028 as of July 2024 will be composed of the following scientists: Akimasa Hirata (Chair), Ken Karipidis (Vice-Chair), Young Hwan Ahn, Nigel Cridland, Frank de Vocht, Anke Huss, Ilko Ilev, Jens Kuhne, Ilkka Laakso, Isabelle Lagroye, Alberto Modenese and Gunnhild Oftedal.

For more information please see the ICNIRP homepage.

BioEM 2024 - Call for abstracts

Posted on Dec 4, 2023

BioEM 2024, the international conference on bioelectromagnetics, will be held in Chania, Crete, Greece, June 16-21, 2024.

The call for abstracts for platform presentations and poster sessions has started now.

Please find more information on the BioEM 2024 homepage.

SCHEER - Public consultation on potential health effects of exposure to low frequencies

Posted on Nov 20, 2023

Following a request from the European Commission, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) adopted the Preliminary Opinion on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) - Update with regard to frequencies between 1Hz and 100 kHz.

This Opinion is now open for public consultation to get feedback from the scientific community and stakeholders. Interested stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the scientific evidence online until 2nd January 2024.

For more details, please see the SCHEER website.

Erice course EMF and health

Posted on Nov 13, 2023

The 10th Course of the International School of Bioelectromagnetism “A. Chiabrera” will be held from April 6 to 12, 2024 in Erice, Italy. The Course, entitled “Electromagnetic fields and health – epidemiological approaches”, has been organized in collaboration with the BioEM Society and initiated as part of the collaboration with the European Cluster on EMF and Health (CLUE-H). It is focused on key aspects on this topic, such as exposure assessment and potential health effects, including exposure misclassification, biological interaction and mechanisms, risk perception, planetary health, evidence synthesis and guideline development.

Please find more information on the school website.

femu publication about human perception of electric fields

Posted on Oct 2, 2023

The journal Scientific Reports has published an article by femu and co-authors entitled: "The role of the DC component in human perception of AC–DC hybrid electric fields and a comparison with the AC component". The study was motivated by the newly introduced construction of both high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) and high-voltage direct current (HVDC) overhead power lines mounted on the same pylon. The study is based on the previous publications of the femu (Jankowiak et al. 2021 and Kursawe et al. 2021) and expands the previous publication of Jankowiak et al. 2022.
The aim was to examine the role of the DC component in human perception of AC–DC hybrid electric field. Therefore, 49 participants with high detection ability were investigated using a design that combines small variations of the DC component with different AC electric fields.
The article can be found in the EMF-Portal, in Pubmed and on the Homepage of Scientific Reports (open access).

Protection from mobile phone radiation: opening of a counselling centre in Switzerland

Posted on Sep 19, 2023

On behalf of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) in Switzerland, the Institute of Family Medicine of the University of Fribourg has developed the Swiss medical counselling network for non-ionising radiation (MedNIS). The aim of the network is to provide better medical advice for people suffering from complaints that they attribute to non-ionizing radiation from electricity and radio applications in everyday life. In consultation with their family doctor, electrosensitive people can now take advantage of counselling by specially trained specialists.

Further information can be found on the MedNIS website (in German, French and Italian).

ICNIRP Commission Elections

Posted on Aug 7, 2023

The call for nominations for the membership in the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) for the term of office 2024-2028 is now open until 25 September 2023.

Please find more information on the nomination procedure on the ICNIRP website.