Policies, guidelines, regulations and assessments of human exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields

With a growing number of cellular stations, wireless technologies and devices, concerns about health effects associated with radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) create a challenge for regulators, service providers and wireless equipment suppliers. Accurate evaluation of RF-EMF levels has therefore received increased attention, including with the deployment of the 5th generation mobile communication system (5G).

The report focuses on science-based policies, guidelines, regulations and assessments in respect to human exposure to RF-EMF, based on updated international RF-EMF exposure limits defined by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP Guidelines 2020) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE C95.1-2019), among others. It includes guidelines based on real-life case studies of ITU-D members whose experiences and lessons learned can help people to connect to digital services knowing that they are protected and informed.

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