Assessment of health effects of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields: systematic reviews

The Radiation Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) has an ongoing project to assess potential health effects of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) in the general and working population. Based on an international expert survey on potential adverse health outcomes conducted in 2018, the WHO has identified ten major topics for which the WHO has commissioned systematic reviews to analyze and synthesize the available evidence. The Swiss TPH is leading two of these systematic reviews:

     

  • The effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields exposure on tinnitus, migraine and non-specific symptoms in the general and working population: A protocol for a systematic review on human observational studies
  • The effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields exposure on human self-reported symptoms: A protocol for a systematic review of human experimental studies
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Further, Swiss TPH is involved in a third review:

     

  • The effect of exposure to radiofrequency fields on cancer risk in the general and working population: A protocol for a systematic review of human observational studies
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All protocols of the systematic reviews commissioned by the WHO are published in a special issue of Environment International: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/environment-international/special-issue/109J1SL7CXT

Lagorio S, Blettner M, Baaken D, Feychting M, Karipidis K, Loney T, Orsini N, Röösli M, Paulo M.S, Elwood M. The effect of exposure to radiofrequency fields on cancer risk in the general and working population: a protocol for a systematic review of human observational studies. Environ Int. 2021;157:106828. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106828

Bosch-Capblanch X, Esu E, Dongus S, Oringanje C.M, Jalilian H, Eyers J, Oftedal G, Meremikwu M, Röösli M. The effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields exposure on human self-reported symptoms: a protocol for a systematic review of human experimental studies. Environ Int. 2021;158:106953. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106953

Röösli M, Dongus S, Jalilian H, Feychting M, Eyers J, Esu E, Oringanje C.M, Meremikwu M, Bosch-Capblanch X. The effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields exposure on tinnitus, migraine and non-specific symptoms in the general and working population: a protocol for a systematic review on human observational studies. Environ Int. 2021;157:106852. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106852

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