The International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) says there is no scientific evidence that 5G radiation poses a threat to human health. The finding comes in the ICNIRP’s updated guidelines for protection against harmful effects of radiofrequency fields
“We know parts of the community are concerned about the safety of 5G and we hope the updated guidelines will help put people at ease,” said Dr Eric van Rongen, the ICNIRP chair.
“The guidelines have been developed after a thorough review of all relevant scientific literature, scientific workshops and an extensive public consultation process. They provide protection against all scientifically substantiated adverse health effects due to [electromagnetic field] exposure in the 100 kHz to 300 GHz range.”
The new ICNIRP guidelines follow the publication last year of an IEC Technical Report (TR) on evaluating human exposure to radio frequency fields in the vicinity of base stations, including 5G base stations and small cells. The TR illustrates the latest testing methods for 5G with worked examples on trial sites.
The report is the work of IEC Technical Committee 106, which prepares International Standards on measurement and calculation methods to assess human exposure to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields. TC 106 brings together global experts from mobile operators, mobile manufacturers, academia, government regulators and testing laboratories.
“As 5G advances at a rapid rate and networks are deployed, testing base stations to ensure they meet the radio frequency (RF) exposure standards is an essential step for operators, regulators and the community, providing a reassurance on safety,” said TC 106 chair Mike Wood.
5G is set to revolutionise wireless communications and play a major role in our future connected society and facilitate the road towards a more advanced Internet of Things (IoT). The technology promises not only to increase downloading and uploading speeds over the mobile network, but also to add significant capacity and reduce latency (the time taken by networks to respond).