French agency sends mixed signals on wireless health risks

Based on their latest risk assessment, France's National Agency for Health, Food, and Environmental Safety (ANSES) has determined that the country's existing regulations for WiFi, cell phone signal antennas, and smartphones are adequate to protect the public's health and should not be changed.

While the French watchdog group determined in their latest study that there was a "biological" effect on cells from electromagnetic emissions of a very "limited" nature, it concluded that there was no demonstrated impact on human health. Nevertheless, the agency did recommend that heavy users of mobile phones and children limit their exposure to these devices. The report was generated based on the analyses and opinions of a panel of 16 experts, who examined more than 300 different scientific studies on the subject that have been published since 2009, which was the last year in which the agency's recommendations had undergone an assessment.

According to ANSES, the panel of experts did take note of certain studies that indicated that there is a higher long-term risk of brain cancer for individuals who heavily use the devices. They stated that "In the light of current knowledge, given the rapid evolution of technologies and their uses, ANSES recommends limiting the population's exposure to radio frequency energy--in particular for mobile phones, and particularly for children and heavy users--and to control general exposure to relay antennas." Article