Update of Mobile Radio Emission Standards Mooted

The need for updating the standards for radiation exposure from mobile phones has been mooted by the US Government Accountability Office.

This government watchdog has in its report suggested that a rethink in current rules of mobile phones radiation exposure is a must. The current standards have been set in 1996 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and ever since, technology has developed a lot.

These standards may not have considered the recent research on radio-frequency emissions from mobile phones. Also, the testing requirements may not have calculated the maximum exposure in all usage conditions, like if the mobile phones are held to the body in belt clips or attached through a headset.

Earlier researches never estimated the adverse human-health effects that happen due to the exposure to radio-frequency energy from using mobile phones. When carrying mobile phones in pockets and purses, it is important to understand the long term impact of mobile phone on the human body.

The report  also points to the fact that there is no evidence proving that cell phone causes cancer. Therefore, it is important to update the current standards and rules about the cell phone use and technology.

FCC has, in the meanwhile, suggested that 1.6 watts per kilogram is the maximum safe exposure to radio waves from mobiles averaged over one gram of tissue and in 2006 the IEEE suggested a safe limit of two watts per kilogram averaged over 10 grams of tissue.

Ever since the invention of mobile phones, the complaints about the product had also started. Though there is no direct threat from this device at present, we can’t completely ignore the fact that threats can arise in future.

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