Half of Europeans Would Like More Information from the EU on Electromagnetic Fields

The European Commission published the results of the second Eurobarometer survey on Electromagnetic Fields (EMF). This survey was commissioned following a significant research effort over the last few years and in light of the high level of public concern and media interest on this issue. This second report on the topic follows on from the previous survey conducted in 2006 and gives a good view of trends in public perceptions on EMF in Europe.

Some key findings of the report:

Electromagnetic Fields: Awareness and concerns about potential health risks

  • 46% of Europeans surveyed claim to be "very concerned" or "fairly concerned" about the potential health risks of EMF. This is a slight (2%) reduction compared to the 2006 survey.
  • The top 3 objects citizens correctly identify as being sources of EMF are mobile communication masts and mobile phones (both 59%) and high voltage power lines (58%).
  • When it comes to levels of concern about potential health risks from EMF-producing items, power lines generate the highest level of concern (35%), followed by mobile phone masts (33%).

Satisfaction about information on potential health risks of EMF

  • 20% of respondents say that they have received information on EMF. Of these, 58% are satisfied with the quality of information received. This is more than double that the level recorded in the first survey (28%).

The role of public authorities and the EU

  • 58% of Europeans surveyed believe that national public authorities do not do enough to protect them from the potential health risks of EMF.
  • 48% of respondents feel that the EU should inform the public of potential health risks, 39% think the EU should set safety standards for products and 36% think the EU should develop guidance for public health protection.

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are given off by virtually all equipment using or transporting electricity. The public is exposed to EMF though a variety of electric and electronic devices and installations. Due to the rapid increase in mobile phones and other personal, domestic, commercial and medical electronic equipment, the number of sources of daily public exposure to EMF is increasing. Even though Member States are responsible for protecting the health of the public from EMF, the European Commission is financing research, assessing the state of the science and taking policy initiatives to ensure a high level of health protection.

The full Eurobarometer survey on Electromagnetic fields can be found here:
http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/index_en.htm

Further information on EU action on EMF (Council Recommendation on the limitation of the exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields, Opinions of the Scientific Committee, Funding and monitoring of research and the 2006 Eurobarometer survey) can be found here:
http://ec.europa.eu/health/electromagnetic_fields/policy/index_en.htm

Most Popular Now

Health Fabric and Sandwell Council Secur…

Digital health company Health Fabric is preparing to work with Sandwell Council after learning that it has secured support from The Healthy Ageing Challenge. The company will work with public health...

Philips Highlights AI-Powered Precision …

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, showcases its award-winning AI-powered systems and solutions debuting at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR, July 13-17, Vienna...

Siemens Healthineers Accelerates and Imp…

Siemens Healthineers presents functionalities powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) that accelerate and improve Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The quality of MR imaging is defined by the trade-off between scan time...

Using Technology to Support Primary Care

Opinion Article by Paul Bensley, Managing Director of Primary Care Cloud Telephony Specialist X-on. It is good to see the publication of this strategy [A plan for digital health and social...

Building the Right Foundations to Delive…

Opinion Article by Gary Birks, Gary Birks, General Manager, UK and Ireland, Orion Health. The latest strategy for health and care IT looks to build on what has been achieved over...

Two Leading CIOs Join the Highland Marke…

Two of the NHS' most dynamic chief information officers have joined Highland Marketing’s advisory board of NHS IT professionals and health tech industry experts. Ian Hogan, a CIO at the Northern...

A Machine Learning Model to Predict Immu…

Immunotherapy is a new cancer treatment that activates the body's immune system to fight against cancer cells without using chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It has fewer side effects than conventional anticancer...

Virtual Reality App Trial Shown to Reduc…

Results from a University of Otago, Christchurch trial suggest fresh hope for the estimated one-in-twelve people worldwide suffering from a fear of flying, needles, heights, spiders and dogs. The trial, led...

Teaching AI to Ask Clinical Questions

Physicians often query a patient's electronic health record for information that helps them make treatment decisions, but the cumbersome nature of these records hampers the process. Research has shown that...

MIT Engineers Develop Stickers that can …

Ultrasound imaging is a safe and noninvasive window into the body’s workings, providing clinicians with live images of a patient’s internal organs. To capture these images, trained technicians manipulate ultrasound...

AI Analyses Neuron Changes to Detect whe…

A research group from Nagoya University in Japan has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) for analyzing cell images that uses machine learning to predict the therapeutic effect of drugs. Called...

Patient Deterioration Predictor could Su…

An artificial intelligence-driven device that works to detect and predict hemodynamic instability may provide a more accurate picture of patient deterioration than traditional vital sign measurements, a Michigan Medicine study...