New ICNIRP safety guidelines
AMTA welcomes the release of the latest international guidelines for the protection of humans exposed to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields.
The updated guidelines released by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) include over 20 further years of research since the 1998 review and apply to all existing networks (3G and 4G), all frequencies that 5G is going to use, and future generations of technology deployed to operate in the 100kHz to 300GHz range.
These international guidelines provide protection for all persons (including children, adolescents and pregnant women) from all established health risks and have been widely adopted in standards around the world, including in Australia by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and are endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
ICNIRP Chairman, Dr Eric van Rongen, said:
“When we revised the guideline, we looked at the adequacy of the ones we published in 1998. We found the previous ones were conservative in most cases and they’d still provide adequate protection for current technologies. However, the new guidelines provided better and more detailed exposure guidance in particular, above 6 GHz, which is of importance to 5G and future technologies using these higher frequencies. The most important thing for people to remember is that 5G technologies will not be able to cause harm when these new guidelines are adhered to.”