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The growing deployment of 5G networks has reignited fears around the health effects of electromagnetic radiation. However, the International Commission on NonIonising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has concluded that no updates are required to its guidelines on safety limits to account for 5G, and the EC has similarly found that there is no need to update its recommendation.


  • The international guidelines are based on extensive reviews of published research over many years and these apply in the same way to 5G as they currently do to 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies, as well as other radio frequencies such as radio and TV transmissions.

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  • Assesses international standards for radiation limits.
  • Analyzes recent reviews of radiation limits in Poland and France.

Key questions answered

  • What are the radiation limits set internationally and in the EU?
  • What changes are Poland and France looking to make to the radiation limits set in their respective countries?

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  • Summary
  • Existing radiation limits apply in the same way to 5G as they do to 2G, 3G, and 4G and do not need to be updated
  • Poland has proposed to relax national mobile network radiation limits
  • France extends obligation to inform consumers of the SAR to all radio equipment and not just mobile phones


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