The Role and Actions of The Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Children’s Health (CNCECH) on the Issue of Electromagnetic Radiation Radiofrequency (EMF/RF) and Health, within its Terms of Reference and Mandate:
- The National Committee on Environment and Children’s Health (CNCECH), within its terms of reference, its advisory role and scientific expertise, on a continuing basis, reviews and exploits assessments and evaluations of existing and ongoing peer review research conducted by international scientific bodies, on the health implications of EMF/RF. The committee base its assessment mostly on credible peer reviewed studies and findings of Scientific Committees, Organizations, Medical Councils (i.e. WHO/IARC, the Bioinitiative group, Scientific Committees of European Parliament and European Council, ANSES, NPT/USA). Emphasis is in particular given to bodies whose reliability and lack of connection with the telecommunications industry and/or conflicts of interest is unquestionable.
The CNCECH aims to contribute in:
A) Raising awareness, providing information and educating the public, health professionals and educators, as well as children themselves. We raise awareness and inform about possible risks, according to valid scientific studies, and recommendations of reputable scientific bodies. We advocate the implementation of precautionary and prophylactic measures and appropriate optimal and safe technology exploitation, according to updated existing international practices.
B) Developing policies and best practices that enable technology to be exploited safely and limit its effects. Policy shaping and proposed best practices are based on the “Nicosia Declaration on EMF/RF of 2017” and the EU Precautionary Principle (COM 2000). To this effect interventions are being made towards the Ministries, primarily of Health and Education, as well as to the Parliament. Close partners of the Committee are all the participating organizations, especially the Office of the Commissioner of Environment, the Cyprus Medical Association, the Cyprus Pediatric Association, the Institute of Neurology and Genetics and our international network of collaborators.
- The CNCECH does not have any competency, nor the technological expertise to intervene with telecommunication companies for antennae related and/or other technological issues whose development/placement/operation is governed by Legislation. However, the Committee strongly supports the adherence to internationally accepted safety criteria regarding the distance of the antennae from schools, nursing homes, housing units and playgrounds. The increasing demand for more telecommunication antennae is directly dependent on the degree of the use of mobile phones and other wireless devices by the citizens. Therefore, raising awareness about responsible use can help reduce needs in antennas and indirectly mitigate related problems.