Cyprus Medical Association – Joint Statement by the Pancyprian Medical Association and the National Committee on the Environment and Child Health at the House of Representatives in the debate on 5G  


Κοινό υπόμνημα του Παγκύπριου Ιατρικού Συλλόγου και της Εθνικής Επιτροπής «Περιβάλλον και Υγεία του Παιδιού» στην Βουλή των Αντιπροσώπων κατά την συζήτηση του θέματος για το 5G

Translated from Greek:

Position of the Pancyprian Medical Association (PIC) and the National Committee on the Environment and Child Health (NCDCP) under the Nicosia Declaration 2017 in discussing the issue:

Our Line as Scientific Bodies will be formed on the basis of the Principles of Public Health Protection and the Nicosia Declaration 2017 and in particular its recommendations no. 2,3 and 5, and will be deployed in the following pillars. We reserve the right to have our final written position formulated after all data has been heard and given, in particular by the relevant Ministry, with regard to additional health reports, audit and documentation.

A key problem is the lack of reliable studies demonstrating that 5G is safe for health and showing at least an estimate of the degree of overall exposure from the unrestricted application of 5G and IoT (Internet of Things).  According to a Report to the European Parliament in 2019 * ( ›IDAN› IPOL_IDA (2019) 631060_EN ), the increase in exposure will be caused not only by 5G, but also by potential aggregation and dynamic interaction with other signals. The key question whether and to what extent – what conditions (eg growth restriction 5)G mainly for industrial applications – with free from 5G zones) to reduce the exposure and potential impacts of 5G which have not yet been systematically and adequately explored. Who will be responsible for any immediate and especially long-term health impacts?  

For the above reasons, based on the latest 2019 scientific data:

1. We confirm the Declaration as a framework of Principles / Findings and Recommendations concerning 5G, which falls within the Frequency Range of the Declaration 2017 (relevant bibliography is attached). We are deeply concerned about the open question marks regarding the degree of additional exposure and possible different additional effects on health.

As the 1st step we suggest the House to ask the developer Ministry of Communications and Works to present:

(a) the final implementation planning with estimates of the additional exposure ;

(b)   scientific documentation for ensuring health; and

(c) confirm that there is a reliable methodology for measuring report and effective control , which, on the basis of a relevant official report to the European Parliament, does not exist *.

* pg. 11-12 of the 2019 report for the Parliament “5G Deployment” ›IDAN› IPOL_IDA (2019) 631060_EN ).

2. Under any outcome of the matter for us remains a red line, immediate measures to reduce exposure to the maximum possible extent and the application of the precautionary principle for children. The reduction should be enshrined in legislation providing for:

a) The application of protective zones free of at least in schools, nursery schools and playgrounds. Any mobile telephony needs will be served by the existing 3G / 4G network. On the other hand, the need to utilize the high speeds of 5G for any medical applications can be wired via fiber optic. The application of biologically safe exposure criteria e.g. EUROPAEM European Association for Environmental Medicine 2016 in the above areas for evaluation of children’s exposure.

) Banning the use of wireless Internet and wireless devices eg. tablets and mobiles in kindergartens and schools at least up to High School  (private and public) as per the French Legislation 2018 (Wired Internet Promotion).

3. Parliament to uphold the Right to Know and to call on the Ministries of Health and Education and Culture to support, through a multifaceted campaign, the responsible information regarding the potential impact on Health to practitioners, parents and the general public. Extreme enthusiasm for the use of uncontrolled and unnecessary commercial applications, which results from advertising and ignorance that any such application entails additional exposure and risks to the health of children in particular, should be curbed . In this case we are particularly concerned about abusing IoT (Internet Of Things) capabilities with unnecessary applications (eg mobile home screening, baby diaper change … with constant child irradiation, supplies adequacy check, etc.). The public MUST be informed that this will be done with significant additional radiation into the home with a (among other things) potentially carcinogenic and neurotoxic agent while simultaneously exacerbating the problem of ADDICTIONThe Campaign must be ‘science based’ by health professionals, physicians, biologists, toxicologists primarily, with the involvement of stakeholders, eg. teachers, parents’ associations. Scientific responsibility in particular for the content will be borne by the Pancyprian Medical Association and the National Committee on the Environment and Health of the Child. Teachers will help to design material for children.