No matter where you are in the EU, the number to call is 112

Berlin, 11 February 2014. In case of an emergency, your mobile phone can be a real lifesaver. This little companion is always at hand should you need to make an emergency call. And there is only one number you have to know: Dialling 112 in any of the 28 member states of the European Union will put you in contact with local emergency services quickly and free of charge, be it the police, a doctor on call or the fire brigade. You don't even need to know the country code. The European emergency number often works in parallel to a country's traditional scheme, even in countries outside the EU, such as Ukraine, Norway or Kazakhstan.

State: February 2014

E-Learning for physicians: The IZMF launches interdisciplinary online CME courses in German and English

The Information Centre for Mobile Communications (IZMF) is offering on its website an interdisciplinary online CME activity for doctors. Titled "Mobile Communications from the Doctor's and Patient's Perspective”, this CME activity imparts knowledge on environmental medicine that is key to enabling doctors to diagnostically and therapeutically manage patients with health-related symptoms attributed to the high-frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF) emanating from radio-frequency mobile communications. The CME activity, worth 2 CME credits, is certified by the Medical Association of Berlin and is offered in German and in English.

State: April 2014

EMF expert voices criticism of 2012 BioInitiative Report

Prof. Michael Repacholi, former coordinator of the World Health Organization's EMF project and long-standing chairman of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) heavily criticised the 2012 BioInitiative Report published at the beginning of the year.

State: September 2013

IARC publishes Monograph on the classification of electromagnetic fields

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the WHO World Health Organization's cancer research agency, has published its Monograph on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks from high-frequency electromagnetic fields. Two years after the IARC's classification of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields used by mobile phones, wireless technologies, radio, TV and radar as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (IARC group 2B), the IARC experts have published their full evaluation in the report “Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields”.

State: May 2013

Health care goes mobile

Berlin, 8 April 2013. Diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure are becoming ever more common. High blood pressure currently affects one in three adults worldwide and the World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen this as the topic for this year's World Health Day. Mobile technologies – collectively known as telemedicine – are becoming ever more important for monitoring diseases and preventing health problems.

State: October 2013

Confidence by Evidence - putting LTE to the test (2012)

This brochure summarizes the results of the first nationwide test measuring LTE base stations while they operated under normal conditions. The results paint a detailed picture of emissions from LTE installations as well as of total emissions from all mobile communications networks at each site.

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LTE network results in a very low increase in total mobile communications emissions

Berlin, 16 January 2013. The new mobile phone standard LTE (Long Term Evolution) increases total emissions from mobile communications at sites it shares with GSM and/or UMTS. However, this begins at a very low level and the new values remain significantly below the German legal limits. Even when extrapolated to the potential maximum capacity of all base stations at each site, values for 95 percent of all measuring points still reached less than 10 percent of the legal limit for field strength.

State: October 2013

Mobile communications & Health

Recent facts on mobile communications and health

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Putting LTE to the test

Berlin/Bonn, 6 September 2012.The IZMF Information Centre for Mobile Communications (Informationszentrum Mobilfunk e.V.) has launched the first nationwide series of tests of base stations for the new LTE standard this September, in collaboration with the federal ministry for the environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety (BMU) and the ministries for the environment of the 16 federal states. Over the next few weeks, the IMST GmbH (Institute of Mobile and Satellite communication Technology) will measure the strength of electromagnetic fields at 80 locations near LTE base stations across the country.

State: April 2013

The German Federal Government and the German network operators provide 600,000 euro respectively to enhance public knowledge on mobile communications

Over the next two years the German Federal Government and the German network operators are allocating 600,000 euro respectively to provide more comprehensive information on the effects of mobile communications. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their voluntary self-commitment, the German mobile network operators - E-Plus, Telefónica Germany, Telekom Germany and Vodafone Germany, reaffirmed their willingness to actively contribute to improvement of the acceptance of mobile communication technology.  

State: April 2012
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