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COST 281

-Potential Health Implications from Mobile Communication Systems-

Start date : 26th September 2001
Duration : 5 Years
End date : 25th September 2006
No. participating countries : 23


The main objective of the Action is to obtain a better understanding of possible health impacts of emerging technologies, especially related to communication and information technologies, that may result in exposure to electro-magnetic fields.

Some secondary objectives of the Action are the providing of:

  • a scientific evaluation of available data for use by various decision makers involved in risk management of electromagnetic fields,
  • a basis for risk communication efforts related to emerging techno-logies, electromagnetic fields and possible health risks, and
  • data on electromagnetic field exposures related to emerging techno-logies on a European level,
A major benefit of this action will be to enable a common response across European nations at an early stage of the technical development. In addition, the fact that this Action will be composed primarily of individuals from the European research community will also facilitate early initiation of research efforts where such are deemed appropriate. The community added value of this Action will be the:
  • early onset of relevant research for unresolved or emerging issues of electro-magnetic field exposures and possible health risks,
  • provision of independent information on matters of public concern, and
  • provision of independent advice to the relevant authorities at the national and European level.

In these ways, this Action will also contribute to improved conditions for further technical and industrial development, because it will increase the concor-dance, and an acceptance of this concordance, between technical develop-ment and public health.

More information can be obtained by contacting the Co-ordinator of the Action ( a Chairperson will be elected at the inaugural meeting) or by viewing

Dr Norbert Leitgeb
Institut Für Elektro und Biomedizinische Technik
Technische Universität Graz
Inffeldgasse 18
A-8010 Graz
Tel : +43 316 873 7397
Fax : +43 316 873 4412
E-mail : (email removed)

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