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EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field)

What is EMF

The term Electromagnetic Field (EMF) includes static fields, Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Fields and Radio Frequency (RF) Fields, including microwaves, encompassing the frequency range of 0 Hz to 300 GHz.


Official Journal of the European Communities – Standards published for the limitation of exposure of the general public to Electromagnetic Fields (0 Hz to 300 GHz):

- High level of health protection ... of workers and of consumers.

- It is imperative to protect members of the general public within the community against established adverse health effects that may result as a consequence of exposure to Electromagnetic Fields.

Basic restrictions and reference levels

- Must be based on the best available scientific data and advice in this area.

- Only established effects have been used as the basis for the recommended limitation of exposure.

- Advice on this matter has been given by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).


- The National and European bodies of Standardisation (e.g. Cenelec, IEC, ETSI) should be encouraged to develop standards within the framework of Community legislation for the purposes of the design and testing of consumer products.

- Member States, in order to provide for a high level of health protection against exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, should: