Today, the European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) launch a public consultation on the preliminary opinion “Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)”. The consultation will run until 16 April 2014. Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the scientific evidence of this preliminary opinion online. Once adopted, this opinion will update previous Scientific Committee opinions of 19 January 2009 and 6 July 2009 in light of newly available information. The draft Opinion stems from the review of over five hundred studies, mostly published after the 2009 Opinion. This opinion addresses issues of public concern, e.g. potential health effects from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones and broadcast transmitters, as well as from extremely low frequency magnetic fields originating from power lines and any electrical household appliance at home or in the office.

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