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5G: Health Hazards

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 261100, tabled on 6 June 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department plans to publish on protecting people who suffer from electro-hypersensitivity from the effects of 5G.

Answered on

14 June 2019

Public Health England (PHE) advises that the guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) should be adopted for limiting exposure to radio waves, and there is no convincing evidence that adverse health effects can result if these guidelines are complied with.

Carefully designed studies have been performed in the United Kingdom and around the world to investigate whether the health symptoms some people experience and attribute to exposure to radio waves within the ICNIRP guideline levels are indeed caused by exposure. The studies are detailed in the 2012 report from the independent Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation, available at the following link:

PHE continues to monitor the evidence on this topic.