EU legislative measures
The Recommendation serves as a reference for EU rules in other areas:
EU monitoring of potential health effects
The Commission is monitoring new developments in research into the potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
At its request, the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has so far delivered 5 Opinions that provide periodical reviews of the scientific evidence on the health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
These scientific opinions have not provided any scientific justification for revising the exposure limits (basic restrictions and reference levels) under Council Recommendation 1999/519/EC(189 KB). However, they acknowledge that basic data for evaluating some risks is still limited, especially for long-term, low-level exposure. This means further research is needed.
The latest SCENIHR opinion, based on over 700 studies - mostly conducted after 2009 - is now available.
The Commission has also summarised several SCENIHR opinions on subjects including electromagnetic fields for non-specialists. These are available in 4 languages.
Action by the European Parliament
Parliament has adopted resolutions on electromagnetic fields and regularly sends written questions to the Commission.
Action by the European Economic & Social Committee
The Committee (an EU advisory body) recently produced an own-initiative Opinion on electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
Stakeholder Dialogue Group
This met 4 times in 2011 to identify the main issues for the various stakeholders and to make appropriate recommendations. For more information, see the minutes.
The most recent meeting was held in Athens in March 2014 at the Workshop on electromagnetic fields and health effects: from science to policy and public awareness.