CTIA-The Wireless Association® Statement on the GAO Report on Wireless Phone Safety

Aug 07, 2012, 11:59 ET from CTIA-The Wireless Association

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on wireless phone safety, CTIA-The Wireless Association® Vice President of Public Affairs John Walls issued the following statement:

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"While we have not had a chance to examine the full report in detail yet, we appreciate the GAO's review of the status of scientific research in this area and of the comprehensive federal regulatory oversight of wireless phone safety.

"CTIA continues to defer to the views of scientific experts, federal agencies with expertise and impartial health organizations.

"The FCC, the FDA, the National Cancer Institute and the World Health Organization have each evaluated the scientific research on wireless phones that has been conducted worldwide for more than two decades. Each has found that the weight of the scientific research has not established that wireless phone use causes adverse health effects. Accordingly, the FCC has noted on its website that 'currently no scientific evidence establishes a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses,' and that 'all wireless phones sold in the United States meet government requirements that limit their RF energy to safe levels.' More information about wireless phone safety is available to consumers on CTIA's website.

"The FCC has been vigilant in its oversight in this area and has set safety standards to make sure that radio frequency fields from wireless phones remain at what it has determined are safe levels. The FCC's safety standards include a 50-fold safety factor and, as the FCC has noted, are the most conservative in the world.

"The FCC recently announced that it will soon begin a review of its safety standards for wireless phones, and that it is confident that its emissions guidelines for wireless devices pose no risk to consumers. CTIA welcomes the Commission's continued careful oversight of this issue."  

For more information, please visit: www.cellphonehealthfacts.org

CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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