This report summarises recent research done on radiofrequency fields and extremely low frequency fields by national and international health and scientific bodies.
The Interagency Committee on the Health Effects of Non-Ionising Fields periodically prepares a report for Ministers to provide them with background information and a current summary of research findings. This is the Committee’s most recent report.
The report is not an exhaustive or systematic review of recent research. Rather, it highlights findings from comprehensive reviews undertaken in recent years by national and international health and scientific bodies, illustrated in places by examples from individual studies of interest or which exemplify work carried out in particular areas.
The report also includes a section on non-ionising fields in New Zealand that describes how exposures to these fields are managed in New Zealand, emergent issues and technologies and research under way in New Zealand.
The report concludes that much new research has been published since 2004, when the Committee last prepared a report for Ministers, but there is none which causes the Committee to consider that current policies and recommendations should be reviewed. In view of the continuing public interest in this area, the ubiquitous nature of exposures, and the open research questions which remain, the Committee will continue to monitor new research.