He is ” unlikely “in the current state of knowledge, that 5G telephony presents “new risks” for health, confirmed Tuesday, February 15 the National Agency for Health Security.
ANSES issued this long-awaited opinion in April 2021, but the very timing of which was controversial, since it had been published a few months after the start of the deployment of this fifth generation of mobile telephony. The debate had been heated, with President Emmanuel Macron believing, for example, that the proponents of a moratorium wanted a “return to the oil lamp”.
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The agency then estimated that “based on the scientific data available to date”it was “it is unlikely that the deployment of 5G (in the frequency bands already deployed in France) will present new health risks”, while acknowledging the lack of studies on certain frequencies. However, it had opened several weeks of “public consultation” on its opinion, indicating that it could possibly complete it.
The new elements “confirm the initial conclusions”
More than 200 contributions – individuals, associations or industrialists – were collected and ANSES also reviewed the first exposure measurements “in the vicinity of 5G relay antennas” carried out by the National Frequency Agency (ANFR).
The update of its opinion concludes that these new elements “confirm the initial conclusions”. Namely that for the frequencies already deployed, very close to those used for previous generations, “overall EMF exposure levels will be comparable to or slightly higher than existing technologies” and that it is therefore “unlikely that this deployment will lead to new health risks”.
For the health agency, it was also “to qualify the uncertainties” remaining, in particular on the “intrinsic health effects” and exposure levels, underlines Olivier Merckel, head of the physical agent risk assessment unit at ANSES. It therefore recommends continuing studies, in particular monitoring exposure, and adopting “reasonable uses” 5G, especially for children or using headsets, for example.