Australian Communications Authority
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, radiocommunications, telecommunications and online content. It has useful information on the “Consumer” section of the site.

Health Canada,
Environmental and Workplace Health

Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health. In partnership with provincial and territorial governments, Health Canada provides national leadership to develop health policy, enforce health regulations, promote disease prevention and enhance healthy living for all Canadians.

The Electromagnetics Division is part of the Consumer and Clinical Radiation Protection Bureau. It develops guidelines for the protection of the general public and workers from exposure to electromagnetic fields. It also sets regulations and carries out research. The web site also includes answers to frequently asked questions on the safety of exposure to radiofrequency fields.

Health Council of the Netherlands

The Health Council of the Netherlands is a major advisory body of the Dutch Government, to the Ministers of the Environment and Health. The Council produced a review of the health effects of mobile telephones in 2002, on radiofrequency radiation in 2003, and another on mobile phones in 2004. Tthese can be found in pdf format in the list of publications for the appropriate years.

Industry Canada

Industry Canada is a branch of the Government of Canada. The Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Division deals with aspects of wireless services.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services. NIOSH identifies the causes of work-related diseases and injuries and the potential hazards of new work technologies and practices.

The electromagnetic fields section of the NIOSH site provides links to information on radiation.


OFCOM is the regulator for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. The section “advice for consumers”discusses base stations and mobile phones.

Agencies and Associations

The Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS)

BEMS is an independent organisation of biological and physical scientists, physicians, and engineers interested in the interactions of non-ionising radiation with biological systems.

Information on the Bioelectromagnetic Society's newsletters, publications and planned meetings can be found on the site. It also offers a series of links to related sites.

The European Commission supports an initiative called EMF-NET - "The Effects of the Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields: From Science to Public Health and Safer Workplace". It aims to provide a framework for the coordination of the results of the research activities related to the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, as well as potential risks from EMF exposure in the workplace. There are 41 participants in the project. As of May 2006, there were 240 research projects in 13 countries, with total funding of about $53M(US). The site contains lists of the research projects, as well as documents that have been produced by the EMF-NET initiative

Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent U.S. government agency that reports directly to Congress. The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) regulates radiofrequency technology.

This web site has a consumer section that provides useful information. A section of the FCC site relates specifically to radiofrequency safety. It can be found at

The Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an American consumer protection agency that enforces the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. The agency operates the Engineering and Analytical Centre at Winchester, Massachusetts, which tests radiation-emitting products. Assessing the safety and risks of such products is one of the FDA's activities. The FDA protects consumers by ensuring that products meet certain public health standards.

Through statements and a series of questions and answers, the FDA's site outlines its role concerning the safety of mobile phones, the possibility of mobile phones presenting a health hazard and what can be done to minimize potential risks. In addition, it offers summaries of research conducted by the U.S. mobile phone industry, and by others, into the safety of mobile phones.

GSM Association

The GSM Association (GSMA) is a global trade association representing more than 700 GSM mobile phone operators across 217 territories and countries of the world. In addition, more than 180 manufacturers and suppliers support the Association's initiatives as associate members. The health site is developed and maintained by the GSMA to provide balanced summaries of materials on important issues around health and environmental issues related to mobile and wireless communications.

The Health Protection Agency, UK
This UK agency was created in April 2003 to provide better protection against infectious diseases and other dangers to health, including chemical hazards, poisons, and radiation. In April 2005 the agency merged with the National Radiation Protection Board (NRPB) to form a comprehensive health protection service.

The Radiation Protection Division carries out the Agency's work on ionising and non-ionising radiations. It undertakes research to advance knowledge about protection from the risks of these radiations; provides laboratory and technical services; runs training courses; provides expert information and has a significant advisory role. Its site gives an overview of a variety of issues pertaining to wireless technology and health. It includes access to documents and reports from the Division.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR)

The Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) is a technical committee under the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EBMS) of the IEEE. Its primary area of interest is biological effects of non-ionising electromagnetic radiation. It "examines and interprets the biological effects and presents its findings in an authoritative manner, usually in Technical Information Statements or Position Papers".

The statements and papers are posted on the site. Recent papers deal with electromagnetic hypersensitivity and with protective devices for cell phones.

International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) is an independent scientific organization responsible for providing guidance and advice on the health hazards of non-ionizing radiation exposure. ICNIRP has established four Standing Committees covering epidemiology, biology, physics, and optical radiation.

This site is dedicated to providing information about radiation and personal health via numerous sources including reviews of studies and reports, and a series of joint publications with the International Labour Organisation, United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organisation. Topics covered by the site include the possible health hazards of electromagnetic fields, guidelines for maximum exposure and the protection of workers from radiation.

Mobile Manufacturers Forum

The Mobile Manufacturers Forum is an international association of radio communications equipment manufacturers. Its members include Alcatel, Ericsson, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Sagem, Samsung, Siemens, and Sony Ericsson Sony Ericsson and TCL &Alcatel Mobile Phones. The web site has a variety of sections on health issues.

The Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHR)

The UK Government established this programme after the publication of the report by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones and Health in 2000. It was set up to look into the possible health impact of mobile telecommunications. Funds of approximately $10 million were allocated to fund the programme, which is a joint initiative of government and industry. For more, see "Research Programs".

National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP)

The NCRP is chartered by the US Congress, but is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit, public service organisation. It seeks to formulate and widely disseminate information, guidance and recommendations on radiation protection and measurements that represent the consensus of leading scientific thinking. It also facilitates and stimulates cooperation among organisations concerned with the scientific and related aspects of radiation protection and measurements.

The NCRP site provides abstracts for a series of NCRP publications including reports, commentaries, statements and symposium proceedings. You are able to order the complete version of publications.

Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale
URSI (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale) is a non-governmental and non-profit agency under the International Council for Science. URSI is responsible for stimulating and co-ordinating, on an international basis, studies, research, applications, scientific exchange, and communication in the fields of radio science. One of its Commissions deals with Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine. URSI publishes the Radio Science Bulletin, which is available on-line and contains articles in the area of radiofrequency radiation and health.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organisation (WHO), is a specialised agency of the United Nations with 191 Member States. WHO promotes technical co-operation for health among nations, carries out programmes to control and eradicate disease and strives to improve the quality of human life.

WHO is responsible for the International Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Project, established in 1996. The International EMF Project assesses health and environmental effects of exposure to static and time varying electric magnetic fields in the frequency range 0-300 GHz, with a view to the development of international guidelines on exposure limits.

The International EMF Project identifies telecommunications facilities and associated devices, such as cell phones, as major sources of exposure to EMF. Relevant information available on this website includes extensive profiles on EMF research, international EMF standards and scientific reports on the personal health effects of exposure to EMF.

For more on the WHO's EMF Project, see "Current and Future Research".

World of Wireless Communications

This site is maintained by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA). It has useful FAQs on a variety of health-related topics. (go to “site map”, then “consumer information”).

Academic SItes; Other Publications

Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones and Health, UK

The report of the Expert Panel can be accessed on this site. The UK Government established the Panel to examine possible effects of mobile phones, base stations and transmitters on health. The report provides a comprehensive review of the issues.

Aachen University of Technology

The Research Center for Bioelectromagnetic Interaction is a University Hospital Department of the Aachen University. The centre conducts interdisciplinary research on the interaction of electromagnetic fields.

The site maintains a database of publications on the biological effects of low and high frequency fields. Access to a database of publication titles is available on-line.

EMF-Link Home Page

EMF-Link, sponsored by Information Ventures Inc., is a biomedical science and engineering clearinghouse on electric and magnetic fields.

EMF-Link provides substantive information on biological and health effects of electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) from common sources such as power lines, electrical wiring, appliances, medical equipment, communication facilities, cellular phones, and computers.

Microwave News

Microwave News is an on-line source for non-ionising radiation and personal health.

Current and backdated editions of Microwave Newsletters are accessible on the site, and an exhaustive list of North American and international links on wireless and health.

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