RF Resources

The following links are from government agencies and other organizations Focused on public health and radio frequency exposure

Electromagnetic Fields and Cancer- NIH National Cancer Institute (2019)

No consistent evidence for an association between any source of non-ionizing EMF and cancer has been found.

Scientific Evidence for Cell Phone Safety - US Food and Drug Administration FDA (2020)

The current limit on radio frequency (RF) energy set by the Federal Communications Commission remains acceptable for protecting the public health.

Recent Research on EMF and Health Risk, Fourteenth report from SSM’s Scientific Council on Electromagnetic Fields - Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) (2020)

Measurements and exposure calculations have shown that a person’s radiofrequency field exposure is dominated by personal mobile phone use. The exposure from environmental sources such as mobile phone base stations plays a minor role.

Cell Phone Towers - American Cancer Society (2020)

At this time, there’s no strong evidence that exposure to RF waves from cell phone towers causes any noticeable health effects.

Radiation: 5G mobile networks and health - World Health Organization (2020)

To date, and after much research performed, no adverse health effect has been causally linked with exposure to wireless technologies.

Easy to Read Summaries of Scientific Opinions - European Commission (2015)

The results of current scientific research show that there are no evident adverse health effects if exposure remains below the levels set by current standards.

Mobile phone base stations: radio waves and health - UK Public Health England (2020)

...although a substantial amount of research has been conducted in this area, there is no convincing evidence that RF field exposures below guideline levels cause health effects in adults or children.

Radio Frequency Safety - Federal Communications Commission (2020)

Many consumer and industrial products make use of some form of electromagnetic energy. Because of its regulatory responsibilities in this area the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) often receives inquiries concerning the potential safety hazards of human exposure to radio-frequency (RF) energy. The information on this page provides answers and information to inquiries regarding RF Safety.

(The current FCC Radiofrequency radiation exposure limits can be found at 47CFR1.1310)

Japan EMF Information Center aims to provide easy-to-understand scientific information on possible health effects of EMF and respond to questions asked.

KennisPlatform from the Netherlands Telecom Agency is a Knowledge platform on Electromagnetic Fields and Health

These organizations review and make recommendations on radio frequency exposure

IEEE-ICES - International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety*

...responsible for development of [the C95 series] standards for the safe use of electromagnetic energy in the range of 0 Hz to 300 GHz.

IEEE-ICES maintains a list of current Expert Reviews.

The IEEE GET Program allows free access to C95 standards.

ICNIRP - International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection

As an independent organization, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) provides scientific advice and guidance on the health and environmental effects of non-ionizing radiation (NIR) to protect people and the environment from detrimental NIR exposure.

NCRP - National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements / Advisory Panel on Nonionizing Radiation*

The panel has the primary function to analyze mechanisms of interaction of nonionizing radiation with biological systems, including humans, and to identify biological responses and potential human health effects.

COMAR - IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Committee on Man and Radiation*

COMAR's primary area of interest is biological effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. It examines and interprets the biological effects and presents its findings in an authoritative manner, usually in Technical Information Statements (TIS's) or Position Papers. These papers are subject to an extensive review process within the Committee and represent the consensus of the Committee.


* Matt Butcher of Sublight Engineering is an active member of these organizations.

Other sources

Neil deGrasse Tyson's thoughts on Cell Phones and Cancer. This goes to how science works, measurements, and uncertainty.

The Health Physics Society - has a comprehensive Ask the Expert section with a selections of Q&A's on Cell Phones, Radiofrequency Radiation, and Powerline Fields.

Shahriar Shahramian in The Signal Path blog has a very comprehensive video, geared toward engineers, responding to the question: Is 5G Dangerous?

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has an EMF Guide which includes detailed information about EMF and has been updated to include information about 5G.