Monica Kleja 
Published December 17, 2014 15:05

Some 40 organizations deliver strong critique against report
by the WHO Expert Group on the effects of mobile phone
radiation and requires increased transparency of the experts.

In November, a group of experts working for the World Health
Organization drafted a major report that assesses health risks
surrounding the mobile radiation.

WHO then put the report on its website asking for comments
from the public. It presents the scientific studies in various
medical fields, but lacks summary and chapters on risk
assessment and protective measures.

47 organizations and lobby groups from Sweden, among others –
for example Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation – Europe
and the US now state in a joint letter that the report is
subject to several problems and calls for responsiveness from
WHO’s side.

They include critique of the lack of transparency around how
the WHO has selected the six experts who acts as the main
responsible for WHO’s assessments of the risks surrounding the
radiofrequency fields and questions the objectivity of the
world health organization.

The letter states inter alia that WHO did not disclose the
experts’ declarations of research funding and conflicts of

Four of the six experts, among them the Swedish scientist
Maria Feychting, Karolinska InstituteI, is also active in the
ICNIRP, the association that sets the limits for
electromagnetic radiation in the world.

The organizations also write that the report describes
research on cell phone radiation in a biased manner.

New Technology succeeded today briefly reach Maria Feychting
at Karolinska , who was on her way to a conference.

She says she does not want to comment on the criticism – and
when it comes to issues concerning the expert group she refers
to the Chairman of the Group Emilie van Deventer, who
coordinates the WHO project on electromagnetic radiation.

– It is she who leads and organizes the work, says Maria

Emilie van Deventer was interviewed last summer by the New
York Times about the state of research on cell phone
radiation, here you can read more.