India's GSM Operators Critisise Report into Mobile Phone Health Effects

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A recent report by an Indian organisation that warned that mobile phone radio emissions are harmful has been criticized by India's GSM trade association the COAI.

The report is largely critical of the internationally accepted EMF exposure standards, which have been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The COAI said that the recently released BioInitiative Report 2012 is just an update on their 2007 report which had been heavily criticized as being biased, without balance and for not being an objective comprehensive review, or a weight-of-evidence assessment.

They also said that the report does not include any new scientific data but reflects the interpretations of individual authors who do not have consensus among themselves.

The COAI also noted that the BioInitiative Report has not resulted in any change in the conclusions arrived at by over 100 reviews, reports and government statements that have been published in this area8 from countries around the world.

The conclusions from those studies have been similar to that of ICNIRP and WHO - "that there is no established evidence that EMF exposure within the internationally accepted limits causes any adverse health effects".

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