The omnipresence of electrical appliances in everyday life is a source for concern. To date, no scientific study has been able to demonstrate harmful effects due to non-ionizing electromagnetic fields. Some studies have revealed statistical correlations, however they have not been able to explain the link between cause and effect. In case of doubt, the precautionary principle should be applied.
What does Sciensano do?
Sciensano is a member of the Superior Health Council and advises on the risks associated with mobile communication and other types of non-ionizing radiation, in particular radio frequencies.
Sciensano’s Risk and health impact assessment lab is part of the nationally and internationally renowned Belgian Bio Electro Magnetics Group (BBEMG) research consortium, which also unites 4 universities in research on extremely low frequencies.
One of the BBEMG consortium research topics concerns exposure to magnetic fields and the potentially increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies of mobile phone waves
The various studies conducted by Sciensano have, to date, not demonstrated a risk of mobile phone waves affecting health. The scientific community has not yet reached a consensus on this topic.
But Sciensano remains cautious: while there is currently no conclusive evidence of the impact of the use of mobile phones on brain activity for example, doubt persists and requires further research and the comparison of viewpoints.
Sciensano’s experts support universities, governments and authorities. They also participate in the meetings of WHO-recognised international bodies.
Studies on the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Sciensano is currently conducting an in vitro study (laboratory experiment) to examine a possible link between Alzheimer’s disease and electromagnetic waves.