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There is growing international concern on the biased representation of persons in the preparation of the WHO Monograph on Radiofrequency Radiation. As discussed earlier the group is dominated by members of ICNIRP. In fact the Ethical Board at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden concluded already in 2008 that being a member of ICNIRP may be a conflict of interest that should be stated in scientific publications (Karolinska Institute Diary Number 3753-2008-609).
A recent letter to WHO written by members of the BioInitiative Working Group describes the unbalanced ‘no-risk’ group at WHO preparing the document. The full text may be read here.
December 19, 2016
International EMF Project World Health Organization Avenue Appia 20 – 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
Attention: Dr. E. van Deventer
Subject: WHO RF EHC Core Group Membership is Unacceptable
The BioInitiative Working Group urges the World Health Organization to make changes to the WHO RF EHC Core Group membership to more fairly reflect membership and expertise of the 2011 IARC RF Working Group. At present the WHO RF EHC Core Group is indistinguishable from ICNIRP (1, 2) undermining credibility of the process and ensuring doubt about conclusions. Even if schedule delays occur as a result, an acceptable outcome depends on public confidence. If the WHO is to minimally meet it’s stated objectives to develop a solid base of scientific evidence and help countries effectively identify and manage RF health risks, then it is important that the most knowledgeable panel of experts be appointed to prepare the RF EHC Monograph. At present, the EHC Core Group members uniformly represent attitudes and scientific positions of ICNIRP, an organization whose membership has steadfastly refused to accept new scientific evidence of potential health risks from non-thermal, low-intensity radiofrequency radiation despite recent scientific advances in knowledge on the subject. (1) There now many thousands of high quality scientific papers indicating possible non-thermal RF risks to health and those experts most competent by virtue of their research contributions are absent from this process. WHO Interphone studies on humans (2010-2016) have found increased risk of malignant brain cancer in adults with ten years and greater exposure to cell phone radiation (ipsilateral use). Newly released animal studies conducted over a 16-year period by the NIEHS National Toxicology Program now report clear carcinogenic effects of chronic exposure to RF. In June of 2016, the NTP documented statistically significant risks for cancers of the brain and heart, as well as pre-cancerous lesions in animals exposed to RF, but not in control animals. Both human and animal results are now available to incorporate in the RF EHC risk assessment. This important effort can only be assured with a more balanced composition of core participants in the process. As well, the membership needs to be inclusive of under-represented countries such as Russia, China, India, Turkey, and Iran whose research communities have produced the majority of studies on non-thermal effects of RF in recent years. Respectfully submitted on behalf of the BioInitiative Working Group by: Cindy Sage, MA, Co-Editor, Sage Associates, Santa Barbara, CA USA David O. Carpenter, M.D., Co-Editor, University at Albany, Albany, New York, USA Igor Belyaev, Dr. Science. Head, Radiobiology Cancer Institute, Slovak Republic Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, Oncologist, Orebro University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden
(1) Adapted from Starkey S. 2016. Inaccurate official assessment of radiofrequency safety by the Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation. Rev Environ Health 2016; 31(4): 493–503, Table 2. Open Access. Table 2: Named contributors to the WHO Environmental Health Criteria Monograph on Radiofrequency Fields [in preparation] and membership of the International Commission on NonIonizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) or Advisory Group on Non-Ionizing Radiation (AGNIR) RF Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) Core group Feychting M. Vice-Chair ICNIRP, AGNIR (epidemiological studies) Mann S.M. ICNIRP, AGNIR (physics, dosimetry) Oftedal G. ICNIRP (human studies) van Rongen E. Chair ICNIRP (animal studies) Scarfi M.R. ICNIRP (former member) (in-vitro studies) Zmirou D. (public health) Additional experts Aicardi G. Challis L. Formerly AGNIR Curcio G. Hug K. Juutilainen J. ICNIRP Lagorio S. Loughran S. ICNIRP Marino C. ICNIRP McNamee J. Naarala J. Peyman A. AGNIR Roosli M. ICNIRP Rubin G.J. AGNIR Schoemaker M. Selmaoui B. de Seze R. ICNIRP Sienkiewicz Z.J. ICNIRP, AGNIR Simko M. Vijaylaxmi Zeni O. cc: Dr. Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and Environment, WHO European Commission, DG Health and Food Safety, Directorate C: Public Health
Contributing Authors of the the 2007 and 2012 BioInitiative Working Groups Jitendra Behari, PhD, India Carlo V. Bellieni, MD, Italy Igor Belyaev, Dr.Sc., Slovak Republic Carl F. Blackman, PhD, USA Martin Blank, PhD, USA Michael Carlberg, MSc, Sweden David O Carpenter, MD, USA Zoreh Davanipour, DVM, PhD USA Adamantia F. Fragopoulou, PhD, Greece David Gee, Denmark Yuri Grigoriev, MD, Russia Kjell Hansson Mild, PhD, Sweden Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, Sweden Martha Herbert, PhD, MD, USA Paul Héroux, PhD, Canada Michael Kundi, PhD, Austria Henry Lai, PhD, USA Ying Li, PhD, Canada Abraham R. Liboff, PhD, USA Lukas H. Margaritis, PhD, Greece Henrietta Nittby, MD, PhD, Sweden Gerd Oberfeld, MD, Austria Bertil R. Persson, PhD, MD, Sweden Iole Pinto, PhD, Italy Paulraj Rajamani, PhD, India Cindy Sage, MA, USA Leif Salford, MD, PhD, Sweden Eugene Sobel, PhD, USA Amy Thomsen, MPH, MSPAS, USA