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5G: Health Hazards

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 225439, tabled on 25 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the public health risks of the full roll-out of 5G.

Answered on

28 February 2019

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and health evidence reviews have been prepared by scientific expert groups in the United Kingdom and around the world. The independent Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR) published their report in the UK in 2012 and the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published their report in 2015. The World Health Organization is also currently preparing a review. The AGNIR report is available to view at following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/radiofrequency-electromagnetic-fields-health-effects

The SCENIHR report is available at the following link:

https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/scientific_committees/docs/citizens_emf_en.pdf

Based on the accumulated evidence and reviews, Public Health England (PHE) advises that the guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) should be adopted and currently there is no strong evidence that EMF exposures below the ICNIRP guideline levels cause adverse health effects.

PHE has committed to keeping emerging evidence under review and to preparing another comprehensive review when sufficient new evidence has accumulated.

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