Summary of the situation report bulletin (2/2023) published online

As mentioned in my previous bulletins, the European Commission has asked 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). Further information on this process is available on SCHEER’s website.

In November 2023, SCHEER launched a public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on potential health effects of exposure to low frequencies. The exact name of the Opinion published by SCHEER is “Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF): Update with regard to frequencies between 1Hz and 100kHz”. Interested stakeholders were invited to submit their comments online by January 2, 2024.

Once again, I have found some fascinating scientific articles for this new bulletin. The bulletin starts with an article examining exposure, including children’s, to magnetic fields in France. The article on childhood leukemia discusses the effects of magnetic fields but also that of pesticides.

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Summary of the situation report bulletin (1/2023) published online

I attended the BioEM2023 conference organized for June 18–23, 2023, in Oxford, UK. The event discussed the effects of electromagnetic fields from a variety of perspectives. A bit of a surprise to me was to hear how common it is in the beauty industry to use devices with functions related to electromagnetic fields. It was also interesting to learn about the studies related to pacemakers.

As mentioned in my previous bulletins, the European Commission has asked 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). I have now discovered on SCHEER’s website that the WG on Electromagnetic fields (EMF) II did work on the draft text in their meeting on May 26, 2023.

Once again, I have found some fascinating scientific articles for this new bulletin. The bulletin now also includes articles on topics other than low frequency electric and magnetic fields. For example, researchers have looked into the effects of electromagnetic fields generated by electric cars, smartphones and smartwatches on cardiovascular implantable electronic devices. I think this is a topic of general interest as these devices are so common nowadays.

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Summary of the situation report bulletin (2/2022) published online

In November, I remotely attended the seventh International Workshop on the Causes of Childhood Leukemia organized by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The event explored leukemia from a number of perspectives, and also discussed studies related to magnetic field exposure.

As mentioned in my previous bulletins, 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). I have now discovered on SCHEER’s website that SCHEER has conducted a public consultation on their preliminary statement on the scientific evidence on radio frequency. Comments were being accepted until September 25, 2022.

Once again, I have found some fascinating scientific articles for this new bulletin. The bulletin starts with three articles that include the results of experimental research on exposure to rather high levels of electromagnetic fields. Occupational issues are again discussed towards the end of the bulletin. A cohort of four Nordic countries has been used to study the association between malignant lymphoma and occupational exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields.

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Summary of the situation report bulletin (1/2022) published online

I remotely attended the BioEM2022 conference organized for June 19–24, 2022, in Nagoya, Japan, by the BioEM Society. In addition to the scientific program, the conference discussed the activities of the new BioEM Society that was created by merging the EBEA and BEMS into one society. I attended the BioEM Society’s General Assembly. A number of projects are already up and running, including the launch of the BioEM website; the plan is to continue developing the website.

The ICNIRP Mini-Symposium was also held in Japan on June 19, 2022, which I also attended remotely. The event mainly focused on frequency ranges other than those in the electric power system. The slides presented at the event are available for download on the ICNIRP website.

Once again, I have found some fascinating scientific articles for this new bulletin. The bulletin starts with two articles that discuss magnetic fields and childhood leukemia. The first article explores whether the pesticides used in plant nurseries could affect research results. I don’t think I have seen an approach like this before. Occupational issues are again discussed towards the end of the bulletin.

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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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