Electromagnetic fields

Role of Member States

Each EU Member State is responsible for providing adequate health protection for its citizens and for deciding on measures to be implemented.

However, to support Member States and to ensure the highest level of health protection for European citizens, the EU asks governments to assess exposure to electromagnetic fields and to take appropriate action when reference levels are exceeded – as laid down in EU Recommendation (99/519/EC) on limiting exposure to electromagnetic fields.

For a summary of the situation in Member States, see the implementation reports.

In 2011, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment published an international comparison of policies on electromagnetic fields, which also addresses the situation in the European Union.