On 07 June 2000, Vidyya brought you detailed information from the FDA on the FDA's concerns about the possible harmful effects of cellular telephones and the organization's recommendations on future research. Today, the FDA announced collaborative efforts with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) to fund research to examine the problem.
Under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) signed today, the FDA will provide research
recommendations and research oversight and the CTIA will fund research into the health effects of radio frequency (RF)
emissions from wireless phones. The research itself will be conducted by third parties.
Initial research will include both laboratory studies and studies of mobile phone users focused on whether RF emissions from
mobile phones pose any health risk. The CRADA will also include a broad assessment of additional research needs in the
context of research developments around the world.
Although research to date does not show that mobile phones pose a significant health hazard, there is not enough information at
this point to be absolutely certain that these products are without risk. Certain studies conducted by the Wireless Technology
Research, L.L.C (WTR), on behalf of the wireless phone industry have raised questions that need further exploration. (See
Consumer Update on Mobile Phones: www.fda.gov/cdrh/ocd/mobilphone.html)
FDA will review the WTR research, as well as other cell phone research, identify the scientific questions which merit attention,
propose research to address those questions, and provide detailed recommendations on the conduct of the studies.
The CTIA will then issue requests for proposals for the studies from third parties interested in conducting the research.
The research will be conducted over the next three to five years. FDA will convene meetings of an internationally-renowned
group of scientists to help in oversight of the research. Meetings of the group will be announced in the Federal Register.
Today's agreement reflects FDA's continued efforts to assure that thorough research is conducted on mobile phones.
The full research agreement is available on FDA's web site at A HREF="http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ocd/wlessphonecrada.html" TARGET="_blank">www.fda.gov/cdrh/ocd/wlessphonecrada.html