Wireless communication technology has become indispensable part of the modern society. The use of mobile phones, tablets and wireless devices have become basic communication tools of everyday life for billions of people around the world, and also common for medical applications. Base stations and telecommunications towers are continuously being erected to provide good quality wireless communications.

Together with the introduction of wireless communication technologies, there has been some public concern about the potential health risks associated with wireless communications including the use of mobile phones and living near base stations.

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) of all frequencies represent one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences. As part of its charter to protect public health and in response to public concern, the WHO established the International EMF Project in 1996. The purpose of the EMF Project is to assess the scientific evidence of possible health effects of EMF in the frequency range from 0 to 300 GHz.

Further information on the WHO EMF project is available at

In terms of EMF and health the WHO notes that: