ANSES (French National Health and Safety Agency) Assessment and Report on radiofrequencies and health – October 2013

The Expert report confirms that exposure to levels below the legal limits does not have any proven effects on health.

Orange duly notes ANSES’ opinion on radiofrequencies, which confirms previous statements, namely that there are no proven adverse effects on health, in line with the latest statements and reports issued by international (WHO…) and national health authorities.
Their conclusions are based on a rigorous method for studying publications, which was clearly presented and shared with all stakeholders (associations, manufacturers, public authorities, scientists…) in early 2013 at a meeting of the ANSES Dialogue Committee.
With regards to antennas, the report states that: “the call to reduce, on the basis of equal coverage, the levels of exposure to mobile phone relay antennas to levels that are not based on any scientific evidence…
With regards to mobile phones, in light of recent publications, ANSES confirms that there are no proven adverse effects on health, but also mentions some uncertainty concerning specific groups (children and very heavy users).
Consequently, ANSES does not recommend altering the current upper limits for exposure.
ANSES makes recommendations in order to respond to the wishes of certain parts of the population.

  • for intensive adult users of mobile phones (in conversation mode): use a hands free kit and, in general, for all users, try to purchase mobile phones with the lowest Specific Absorption Rate (SAR),
  • reduce children’s exposure by encouraging them to make moderate use of mobile phones,
  • an in-depth study should be conducted into the consequences of any increase in the numbers of relay antennas on the exposure of people to the radiofrequencies emitted by mobile phones,

that there should be an obligation to inform users of all everyday devices that create electromagnetic fields and are designed for use close to the body (DEC phones, tactile tablets, baby monitors, etc.), of the maximum levels of exposure incurred (SAR, for example), as is already the case for mobile phones.

find out more

  1. the ANSES assessment and report (opens in a new window)
  2. the September 2013 WHO Q&A (opens in a new window)