Dutch health ministry declares 3G phone masts \'safe\'

Staff Writer
07 Jun 2006


There is no evidence that radiation from third-generation UMTS mobile masts is harmful to people, the Dutch health ministry, quoted by a Reuters report said.

The Reuters report said a body advising the Dutch government, the Electromagnetic Fields Committee of the council, in November bared that research from around the world on the subject published between 2003 and October 2005, was either inconclusive or did not meet scientific criteria and called for more investigation.

The report said a Swiss follow-up study into the effect of UMTS radio base stations, which emit and receive the signals to and from third-generation mobile phones, found no indication that radiation caused health problems such as headaches, exhaustion or dizziness, the health ministry said.

The study, led by Zurich University's Peter Achermann, and financed by the Swiss and Dutch governments and industry, found no connection between health complaints and exposure to UMTS radiation, according to the report.

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