WHO - OMS Aplicación del Principio de Precaución en los campos
electromagnéticos. Comisión Europea, Luxembourg 24-26 de Febrero, 2003

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Application of the Precautionary Principle to EMF
European Commission, Luxembourg
Conducting Human Health and Environmental Risk Assessment and Risk
Management under the precepts of Precautionary Principle represents
challenges and opportunities for scientists, policy makers and the public.
Responding to the need to provide a framework and test it in a case study,
the World Health Organization, The European Commission and the National
Institute of Environmental Health Science is conducting a 3 day meeting on
"Application of the Precautionary Principle to EMF". This meeting, to be
held in Luxembourg on February 24-26, 2003, brings together international
experts whose individual perspectives can lead to the synthesis of an
approach that recognizes and accommodates the diverse disciplines necessary
for successful implementation of Precautionary Principle.
The first day is an open meeting featuring point-counterpoint presentations
to highlight strengths and weaknesses of the Precautionary Principle, and
arguments for and against its use for policy decisions regarding possible
health implications from exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF).
Attendees will have the opportunity to provide input and perspective and
participate in an open discussion with a panel of experts.
- Agenda for Monday, 24th February 2003
To participate you must fill in a registration form and submit this to the
European Commission. You can register via the following link:
- http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/health/phevents.htm
During the second and third days, invited experts will develop
recommendations for evaluating if, when and how Precautionary Principle
should be invoked. As a starting point the group will use the criteria for
the application of Precautionary Principle developed in the Commission
Communication and published in February 2002: decisions must be
proportional to the chosen level of protection, non-discriminatory in their
application, consistent with measures already taken, based on potential
costs and benefits, subject to review and capable of assigning
responsibility for producing the scientific evidence necessary for more
comprehensive risk assessment. EMF will be a test case for an environmental
agent already classified as possibly carcinogenic for the low frequency
magnetic fields, and for mobile phone technologies where key studies for
the conventional risk assessment will not be completed for several years.
- Agenda for 25th & 26th February 2003
[PDF 11KB]
- List of working group members
[PDF 27KB]
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