The international electromagnetic field (EMF) project of the World Health Organization (WHO) is a collaborative effort of the WHO teams for Environment, Climate Change and Health (ECCH) and Radiation and Health (ionizing and non-ionizing).
The purpose of the effort is twofold. Firstly it seeks to create and house a database of legislation pertaining to EMF exposure. Secondly, it seeks to promote dialogue on the risks related to EMF exposure.
The establishment of the EMF Project is motivated by the fact that EMF of a very broad range of frequencies represents one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences on human health.
EMF may have notable positive or negative effects on health, depending on the exposure context. EMF has been around since the birth of the universe, with light being its most familiar form.
Electric and magnetic fields are part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, which extends from static electric and magnetic fields, through radiofrequency, ultraviolet, and infrared radiation, to X-rays.
Various Organs of State have reviewed the research endeavors of the NRF in this emerging field and found that the research is innovative and strongly aligned with South Africa’s national interests.
The EMF project is a multidisciplinary research endeavor integrating efforts from multiple sectors. Of particular import to South Africa is research into EMF exposure risks, EMF shielding modifications, and bio-adaptation mitigation options related to climate change. The EMF Project is endorsed by the Surgeon General, and the Nation’s doctor is provided with the best available scientific information on how to improve health outcomes and reduce the risk of illness and injury. The mission of the EMF Project is to protect, promote, and advance the health of our Nation.
The internet information platform EMF-Portal of the RWTH Aachen University summarizes systematically scientific research data on the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF). All information is made available in both English and German. The core of the EMF-Portal is an extensive literature database with an inventory of 31,310 publications and 6,734 summaries of individual scientific studies on the effects of electromagnetic fields.
The EMF-Portal is a project of the femu working group of the Institute and Out-patient Clinic of Occupational Medicine of the University Hospital RWTH Aachen.
Note – not all of the effect studies report significant effects, and not all of those that report effects found adverse effects. Some found positive effects and others found both positive and adverse effects. Some of these studies are exposure studies, not biologic or epidemiological effect studies. Many of the publications are review papers, commentaries, or letters to the editor, and not scientific studies. Furthermore, only a minority of the individual scientific studies address mobile communication frequencies. The majority of these papers and studies address low frequency, power frequencies, direct current/static fields, other radio frequencies, or electric current.
The Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association Inc. ORSAA was formed in 2015 by a group of academics and researchers throughout Australia.
ORSAA is an independent organisation, not linked to any industry or government organisation.
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