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.

Hope you enjoy reading this summary in English!

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