Public consultation on Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
PUBLIC CONSULTATION on the
SCHEER Preliminary Opinion on
the potential risks to human health of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) have launched a public consultation on the preliminary opinion potential risks to human health of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
This Opinion focuses on the assessment of potential risks to human health associated with the use of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
The Committee concluded that there is no evidence of direct adverse health effects from LEDs in normal use by the general population. Cellular and animal studies showing adverse effects appeared to be conducted under exposure conditions that were difficult to relate to human exposures or used exposure levels in excess of internationally agreed exposure limits.
There is a low level of evidence that exposure to light in the late evening, including that from LED lighting and/or screens may have an impact on the circadian rhythm. At the moment, it is not yet clear if this disturbance of the circadian system leads to adverse health effects.
The type of effect, injury thresholds and damage mechanisms vary significantly with wavelength of the emissions. Because the light emitted by the LEDs varies in spectrum and intensity, this hampers the prediction of the profile of the dose-response function for commercially available LEDs used by the general population. Since the use of LED technology is still evolving, the Committee considers that it is important to closely monitor the risk of adverse health effects from the long term LED usage by the general population.
In line with the Stakeholder Dialogue Procedures (Annex V to the Rules of Procedures of the Scientific Committees), Scientific Committees are now seeking feedback from the scientific community and stakeholders on this preliminary opinion.
All interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the preliminary opinion by 17 September 2017 in view of gathering specific comments, suggestions, explanations or contributions on the scientific basis of the opinion, as well as any other scientific information regarding the questions addressed, to enable Scientific Committees to focus on issues that need to be further investigated.
The electronic template provided with the documents should be used exclusively for the submission of comments, with reference made to the line and page numbers. Please note that comments submitted by email or post cannot be taken into account.
As stated in the Rules of Procedures (Annex V), a submission will not be considered if:
- it is submitted after the deadline set out in the call,
- it is presented in any other form than the template provided,
- it exceeds the maximum length indicated for each section, or contains comments which do not correspond to the indicated title of that particular section,
- it contains information on individual cases or any other material not included in published reports,
- it contains complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material. Complaints should be made according to the existing procedures,
- it is related to policy or risk management aspects.
The Scientific Committees will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above and will take them into consideration if they are found relevant.
The European Commission reserves the right to publish all comments received on the Scientific Committees' website. Please read the Privacy statement before submitting comments.
(deadline: 17 September 2017, 23:59 (CET))