Summary of the situation report bulletin (2/2021) published online

At the end of September, I attended the annual BioEM2021 conference organized by the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA). This year’s hybrid event was held in Ghent, Belgium. In addition to the scientific program, the conference addressed the merging of EBEA and BEMS into one society. Information about the preparations for the new society is available on the BEMS and EBEA websites.

The European Commission has requested the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) to produce two scientific opinions on the safety of electromagnetic fields (Opinion I and II). Opinion I: To advise on the need for a (technical) revision of the Council Recommendation 1999/519/EC annexes and of the annexes of Directive 2013/35/EU in view of the latest scientific evidence available, in particular that of the ICNIRP guidelines updated in 2020, with regard to radio frequency 100 kHz to 300 GHz. Opinion II: To update the SCENIHR (Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks) Opinion of 2015 in the light of the latest scientific evidence with regard to frequencies between 1Hz and 100 kHz.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, quite a few studies related to electric and magnetic fields continued to be published. Once again, I have found some fascinating scientific articles for this new bulletin. The bulletin starts with an article that discusses magnetic fields and childhood leukemia. The bulletin concludes with two articles related to EU Directive 2013/35/EU.

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Situation report bulletin

Situation report bulletin

The goal of this project is to produce situation report bulletins on medical-oriented studies related to electric and magnetic fields for about two years, as these studies are particularly interesting from the perspective of population exposure. The aim is to achieve and maintain a clearer picture of the current situation with regard to different reports/studies and their significance. This will also equip the people working in transmission line projects to discuss the various issues with their interest groups and increase the companies’ transparency regarding research data. The project will focus on public exposure to electric and magnetic fields and the associated medical issues.

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Editor-in-chief: Leena Korpinen
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The Finnish situation report bulletin is funded by Fingrid Oyj. The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy is contributing to the work of the project’s management group.

Current report: Situation Report Bulletin 1/2020 – published June 30th 2020

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Summary of the situation report bulletin (1/2021) published online

In the previous bulletin, I mentioned that the BioEM2021 conference would be held online, and possibly also in a new location in Europe in June 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation has changed once again. According to the organizers the BioEM2021 conference will be held September 26 – October 1, 2021, in Ghent, Belgium. The conference will be organized using a hybrid model.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, quite a few studies related to electric and magnetic fields have still been published. Once again, I have found new scientific articles of interest for this bulletin. It seems that exposure to electric fields has attracted more attention than before. For example, a study has been conducted on how you can reduce exposure to electric fields near power lines. Another study looked into human perception of electric fields, conducting the tests in laboratory conditions.

This time, the bulletin includes three articles that discuss occupational health issues. For example, in France, a cohort study is being conducted on retirees from the French Electricity Transmission Network (RTE, Réseau de Transport d’Electricité) who were occupationally exposed to 50 Hz magnetic fields. The article presents the protocol and the results of the first wave of inclusion. I’m really looking forward to hearing more results from this study.

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Summary of the situation report bulletin (2/2020) published online

In the previous bulletin, I mentioned that the BioEM2021 conference would be held in June 2021 in Hawaii. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation has changed. According to the organizers (the European BioElectromagnetics Association and Bioelectromagnetics Society), the BioEM2021 conference will be held online, and possibly also in a new location in Europe, June 13–18, 2021.

The ICNIRP website advises that they have canceled the 9th International NIR Workshop in South Korea that was scheduled for January 2021. According to the website announcement, their aim is to continue meetings as a scientific community in the future, either on virtual platforms or on-site as well, in the long run. They advise you to stay tuned for any updates by subscribing to the ICNIRP newsletter.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, quite a few studies related to electric and magnetic fields have still been published. The first article in this bulletin is a publication that explores the risk of childhood leukemia and socioeconomic factors in Denmark. The article doesn’t deal with electric and magnetic fields directly, but I think it provides useful background information on the theme.

These bulletins have traditionally focused more on public exposure rather than occupational exposure. This time, however, I found a number of interesting articles on occupational exposure, so I included more of them than usual. These articles discuss motor neuron diseases, among other things.

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Two new articles and two technical brochures published

The first article, Low Frequency Magnetic Fields Inside Cars by Rauno Pääkkönen and Leena Korpinen is published in Radiation Protection Dosimetry, Volume 187, Issue 2, December 2019, Pages 268–271.

The second article, Effect of Electric and Magnetic Fields on Operation of Insulin Pumps under 400 kV Power Lines by Leena Korpinen, Rauno Pääkkönen and Mika Penttilä is published in Radioprotection, volume 55, Number 1, Mars 2020, Page(s) 51 – 54.

New Technical Brochures:

McVey Mark et al. 2020: Guidelines for safe work methods in substations. Working group B3.46, Technical Brochures 805, Cigre, June 2020.

Hart James et al. 2020: Responsible management of electric and magnetic fields (EMF). Working group C3.19, Technical Brochures 806. Cigre, June 2020.