In May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as "possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B)", raising alarms and controversies through the public and the scientific community.
A monography related to this classification was expected by the end of 2012, but was delayed by a few months and published on 24 April 2013.
The main topic of this monograph is to assess the potential carcinogenic effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (30 kHz - 300 GHz), with particular reference to the cell phone, all through a critical analysis of the scientific literature conducted to date. The full version of the monograph can be downloaded directly from the website of IARC, at: www.iarc.fr
The European Parliament has extended the application of the Directive 2004/40/CE on protecting workers from the exposure to electromagnetic fields which was due to take effect on 30 April 2012 to 31 October 2013. At the same time, a new legislative proposal is being scrutinised within the Employment and Social Affairs committee. The European Commission initially proposed to postpone the application of the Directive until 30 April 2014. Deputied win deal with Council to extend the moratorium until 31 October 2013 in order to adopt a new legislation before the end of the legislative term.