Benevento caution -
19 September 2006
Prominent scientists warn about the human health dangers of
exposure to EMF radiation and the need for adopting the Precautionary Principle.
ICEMS, the International Commission for Electromagnetic
Safety, makes available on its website www.icems.eu both the Benevente
Resolution and the Catania Resolution. These were in a single PDF file that you should be able to open with Adobe
The International Commission on Electromagnetic Safety, is a
not-for-profit group of concerned scientists.
The resolutions are the sole perogative of the ICEMS and the signatories,
however, I found that on the occasion I saw it they read as follows -
|The International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS) held an international conference entitled -
"The Precautionary EMF Approach: Rationale, Legislation and Implementation",
hosted by the City of Benevento, Italy, on 22, 23 & 24 February 2006.
The meeting was dedicated to W. Ross Adey, M.D. (1922 - 2004).
The scientists at the conference endorsed and extended the 2002 Catania
Resolution and resolved that:
More evidence has accumulated suggesting that there are adverse
health effects from occupational and public exposures to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields, or EMF1,
at current exposure levels.
What is needed, but not yet realized, is a comprehensive, independent and transparent examination of the
evidence pointing to this emerging, potential public health issue.
Resources for such an assessment are grossly inadequate despite the
explosive growth of technologies for wireless communications as well as the huge ongoing investment in power
There is evidence that present sources of funding bias the analysis
and interpretation of research findings towards rejection of evidence of possible public health risks.
Arguments that weak (low intensity) EMF cannot affect biological
systems do not represent the current spectrum of scientific opinion.
Based on our review of the science, biological effects can occur
from exposures to both extremely low frequency fields (ELF EMF) and radiation frequency fields (RF EMF).
Epidemiological and in vivo as well as in vitro experimental evidence demonstrates that exposure to some ELF
EMF can increase cancer risk in children and induce other health problems in both children and adults.
Further, there is accumulating epidemiological evidence indicating an increased brain tumor risk from
long-term use of mobile phones, the first RF EMF that has started to be comprehensively studied.
Epidemiological and laboratory studies that show increased risks for cancers and other diseases from
occupational exposures to EMF cannot be ignored. Laboratory studies on cancers and other diseases have
reported that hypersensitivity to EMF may be due in part to a genetic predisposition.
We encourage governments to adopt a framework of guidelines for
public and occupational EMF exposure that reflect the Precautionary Principle2 -- as some nations
have already done. Precautionary strategies should be based on design and performance standards and may
not necessarily define numerical thresholds because such thresholds may erroneously be interpreted as levels
below which no adverse effect can occur. These strategies should include:
6.1. Promote alternatives to wireless communication systems,
e.g., use of fibre optics and coaxial cables; design cellular phones that meet safer performance specifications,
including radiating away from the head; preserve existing land line phone networks; place power lines
underground in the vicinity of populated areas, only siting them in residential neighborhoods as a last resort;
6.2. Inform the population of the potential risks of cellphone
and cordless phone use. Advise consumers to limit wireless calls and use a land line for long conversations.
6.3. Limit cell phone and cordless phone use by young children
and teenagers to the lowest possible level and urgently ban telecom companies from marketing to them.
6.4. Require manufacturers to supply hands-free kits (via
speakerphones or ear phones), with each cellphone and cordless phone.
6.5. Protect workers from EMF generating equipment, through
access restrictions and EMF shielding of both individuals and physical structures.
6.6. Plan communications antenna and tower locations to
minimize human exposure. Register mobile phone base stations with local planning agencies and use computer
mapping technology to inform the public on possible exposures.
Proposals for city-wide wireless access systems (e.g. Wi-Fi, WIMAX, broadband over cable or power-line or
equivalent technologies) should require public review of potential EMF exposure and, if installed,
municipalities should ensure this information is available to al and updated on a timely basis.
6.7. Designate wireless-free zones in cities, in public buildings
(schools, hospitals, residential areas) and, on public transit, to permit access by persons who are
hypersensitive to EMF.
- ICEMS3 is willing to assist authorities in the development of an EMF research agenda.
ICEMS encourages the development of clinical and epidemiological protocols for investigations of geographical
clusters of persons with reported allergic reactions and other diseases or sensitivities to EMF, and document
the effectiveness of preventive interventions.
ICEMS encourages scientific collaboration and reviews of research findings.
We, the undersigned scientists, agree to assist in the promotion of
EMF research and the development of strategies to protect public health through the wise application of the
Fiorella Belpoggi, European Foundation for Oncology
& Environmental Sciences, B.Ramazzini, Bologna, Italy
Carl F. Blackman, President, Bioelectromagnetics Society
(1990-91), Raleigh, NC, USA
Martin Blank, Department of Physiology, Columbia
University, New York, USA
Natalia Bobkova, Institute of Cell Biophysics,
Pushchino, Moscow Region
Francesco Boella, National Inst. Prevention & Worker
Safety, Venice, Italy
Zhaojin Cao, National Institute Environmental Health,
Chinese Center for Disease Control, China
Sandro D'Allessandro, Physician, Mayor of Benevento,
Italy, (2001 - 2006)
Enrico D'Emilia, National Institute for Prevention and
Worker Safety, Monteporzio, Italy
Emilio Del Giuduice, National Institute for Nuclear
Physics, Milan, Italy
Antonella De Ninno, Italian National Agency For Energy,
Environment & Technology, Frascati, Italy
Alvaro A. De Sallas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande
do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Livio Giuliani, East Veneto & South Triol, National
Inst. Prevention &Worker Safety, Camerino University
Yury Grigoryev, Institute of Biophysics; Chairman,
Russian National Committee NIERP
Settimo Grimaldi, Inst. Neurobiology &Molecular
Medicine, National Research, Rome, Italy
Lennart Hardell, Department of Oncology, University
Hospital, Orebro, Sweden
Magda Havas, Environmental &Resource Studies, Trent
University, Ontario, Canada
Gerard Hyland, Warwick University, UK; International
Inst. Biophysics, Germany; EM Radiation Trust, UK
Olle Johansson, Experimental Dermatology Unit,
Neuroscience Department, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Michael Kundi, Head, Institute Environmental Health,
Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Henry C. Lai, Department of Bioengineering, University
of Washington, Seattle, USA
Mario Ledda, Inst. Neurobiology &Molecular Medicine,
National Council for Research, Rome, Italy
Yi-Ping Lin, Center of Health Risk Assessment &
Policy, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Antonella Lisi, Inst. Neurobiology &Molecular
Medicine, National Research Council, Rome, Italy
Fiorenzo Marinelli, Institute of Immunocytology,
National Research Council, Bologna, Italy
Elihu Richter, Head, Occupational & Environmental
Medicine, Hebrew University, Hadassah, Israel
Emanuela Rosola, Inst. Neurobiology & Molecular
Medicine, National Research Council, Rome, Italy
Leif Salford, Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Lund
Nesrin Seyhan, Head, Department of Biophysics; Director,
Gazi NIRP Center, Ankara, Turkey
Morando Soffritti, Scientific Director, European
Foundation for Oncology & Environmental Sciences, (see 1st) Italy
Stanislaw Szmigielski, Military Institute of Hygiene and
Epidemiology, Warsaw, Poland
Mikhail Zhadin, Institute of Cell Biophysics, Pushchino,
1 EMF in this resolution, refers
to zero to 300 GHz.
2 The Precautionary Principle
When there are indications of possible adverse effects, though they remain uncertain, the risks from doing nothing
may be far greater than the risks of taking action to control these exposures,
The Precautionary Principle shifts the burden of proof from those suspecting a risk to those who discount it.
3 ICEMS = International
Commission For Electromagnetic Safety. For information link to www.icoms.eu
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|The Scientists at the International Conference
"State of the Research on Electromagnetic Fields -Scientific and Legal Issues",
organized by ISPESL*, the University of Vienna and the City of Catania, held in Catania, Italy on 13th - 14th
September 2002, agree to the following:
Epidemiological and in vivo and in vitro experimental
evidence demonstrates the existence of electromagnetic field (EMF) induced effects, some of which can be
adverse to health.
We take exception to arguments suggesting that weak (low intensity)
EMF cannot interact with tissue.
There are plausible mechanistic explanations for EMF-induced
effects which occur below present ICNIRP and IEEE guidelines and exposure recommendations by the EU.
The weight of evidence calls for preventive strategies based on the
precautionary principle. At times the precautionary principle may involve prudent avoidance and prudent
We are aware that there are gaps in knowledge on biological and
physical effects, and health risks related to EMF, which require additional independent research.
The undersigned scientists agree to establish an international
scientific commission to promote research for the protection of public health from EMF and to develop the
scientific basis and strategies for assessment, prevention, management and communication of risk, based on the
Names and associations of
Fiorella Belpoggi, Fondazione Ramazzini, Bologna, Italy
Carl F. Blackman, President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society
(1990-1991), Raleigh, USA
Martin Blank, Department of Physiology, Columbia University, New York,
Emilio Del Giudice, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Milano,
Livio Giuliani, Camerino University - ISPESL*, Venezia, Italy
Settimio Grimaldi, CNR-Istituto di Neurobiologia e Medicina Molecolare,
Lennart Hardell, Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Orebro,
Michael Kundi, Institute of Environmental Health, University of Vienna,
Henry Lai, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington, USA
Abraham R. Libof, Department of Physics, Oakland University, USA
Wolfgang Löscher, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy,
School of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany
Kjell Hansson Mild, President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society
(1996-1997), National Institute of Working Life, Umea, Sweden
Wilhelm Mosgöller, Institute for Cancer Research, University of
Elihu D. Richter, Head, Unit of Occupational and Environmental
Medicine, School of Public Health, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel
Umberto Scapagnini, Neuropharmacology, University of Catania, Italy,
Member of the Research Comm. of the European Parliament
Stanislaw Szmigielski, Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology,
* = Istituto Superiore per la Prevenzione e la Sicurezza del Lavoro,
(National Institute for Prevention and Work Safety, Italy)
To see the actual resolutions that are the sole perogative of the ICEMS and
the signatories, go to the IECMS website www.icems.eu where they are
available in PDF file that can be opened with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Here you have, once again, a significant number of credible scientists and
researchers, along with representatives of the people, stressing the serious nature of human exposure to EMF radiation
and highlighting that it is having an adverse effect on human health. They strongly recommend that you take the
Precautionary Principle. Fortunately, I can assist you with that.