This report summarises recent research done on radiofrequency fields and extremely low frequency fields by national and international health and scientific bodies.
The Ministry of Health convenes a technical advisory committee, the Interagency Committee on the Health Effects of Non-ionising Fields (the Committee), to monitor and review research on the health effects of electromagnetic fields. The Committee reports to the Director-General of Health but also periodically prepares a report for the Ministers of Health, Environment and Business, Innovation and Employment to provide them with background information and a current summary of key research findings.
These reports are not intended to be an exhaustive or systematic review of recent research. Rather, the reports highlight key 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 that exemplify work carried out in particular areas.
The 2018 publication updates the report published in 2015, including more recent information where it is relevant. The findings of recent research do not cause the Committee to consider that current policies and recommendations should be changed.
In view of the continuing public interest in this area, the ubiquitous nature of exposures and the open research questions that remain, the Committee will continue to monitor new research.
Because of public interest in 5G, the Committee has provided an addendum to their 2018 report on this issue.