Conference on measures that can be taken to tackle the health risks that personal music players can pose to listeners: extracts from the speech by Meglena Kuneva
Meglena Kuneva, Member of the EC in charge of Consumer Protection, gave a keynote speech at the Personal Music Players Stakeholders' Conference organised by the European Commission (DG Health and Consumers and DG Enterprise and Industry) on 27 January 2009 in Brussels.
The aim of the conference was to look at measures that can be taken to tackle the health risks that personal music players can pose to listeners.
In October 2008, an opinion from the EU Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) found that 5-10% of personal music player listeners risk permanent hearing loss if they listen to a personal music player at high volume settings for more than one hour per day over a period of at least 5 years.
The conference brought together EU Member State experts, scientists, industry, consumer organisations, standard makers, MEPs and other stakeholders, to discuss precautions that users can take, technical solutions that industry could apply to minimise hearing damage, and whether there is a need for further regulation or revision of existing safety standards to better protect consumers. SHOTLISTLINKLINK