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Lobbyismus in der WHO - eine harte Nuss

Ernsthafte Interessenkonflikte in den Beratergremien der WHO
Eine Veröffentlichung von Lennart Hardell im International Journal of Oncology vom 21.06.2017 behandelt die Interessenkonflikte der offiziellen Beratergremien der WHO im Bereich der Mikrowellenstrahlung. Seiner Ansicht nach bestehen hier ernsthafte Interessenkonflikte.

Abstract

In May 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) evaluated cancer risks from radiofrequency (RF) radiation. Human epidemiological studies gave evidence of increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma. RF radiation was classified as Group 2B, a possible human carcinogen. Further epidemiological, animal and mechanistic studies have strengthened the association. In spite of this, in most countries little or nothing has been done to reduce exposure and educate people on health hazards from RF radiation. On the contrary ambient levels have increased. In 2014 the WHO launched a draft of a Monograph on RF fields and health for public comments. It turned out that five of the six members of the Core Group in charge of the draft are affiliated with International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), an industry loyal NGO, and thus have a serious conflict of interest. Just as by ICNIRP, evaluation of non-thermal biological effects from RF radiation are dismissed as scientific evidence of adverse health effects in the Monograph. This has provoked many comments sent to the WHO. However, at a meeting on March 3, 2017 at the WHO Geneva office it was stated that the WHO has no intention to change the Core Group.

https://www.spandidos-publications.com/10.3892/ijo.2017.4046

DOI: 10.3892/ijo.2017.4046Format: DIN A4Seitenanzahl: 9 Veröffentlicht am: 06.06.2017 Sprache: EnglischHerausgeber: International Journal of Oncology; Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, SE-701 82 Örebro, Sweden

World Health Organization, radiofrequency radiation and health - a hard nut to crack (Review)


Autor:
Lennart Hardell
Inhalt:
In May 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) evaluated cancer risks from radiofrequency (RF) radiation. Human epidemiological studies gave evidence of increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma. RF radiation was classified as Group 2B, a possible human carcinogen. Further epidemiological, animal and mechanistic studies have strengthened the association. In spite of this, in most countries little or nothing has been done to reduce exposure and educate people on health hazards from RF radiation. On the contrary ambient levels have increased. In 2014 the WHO launched a draft of a Monograph on RF fields and health for public comments. It turned out that five of the six members of the Core Group in charge of the draft are affiliated with International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), an industry loyal NGO, and thus have a serious conflict of interest. Just as by ICNIRP, evaluation of non-thermal biological effects from RF radiation are dismissed as scientific evidence of adverse health effects in the Monograph. This has provoked many comments sent to the WHO. However, at a meeting on March 3, 2017 at the WHO Geneva office it was stated that the WHO has no intention to change the Core Group.
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Being a member of ICNIRP is a conflict of interest in the scientific evaluation of health hazards from RF radiation through ties to military and industry.

This is particularly true since the ICNIRP guidelines are of huge importance to the influential telecommunications, military and power industries.

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Lennart Hardell

Wissenswertes

It should be noted that the Ethical Board at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden concluded already in 2008 that being a member of ICNIRP may be a conflict of interest that should be stated officially whenever a member from ICNIRP makes opinions on health risks from EMF.

Karolinska Institute diary number: 3753-2008-609, cited from L. Hardell.