Fda consumer update, Ch 10 – UTStarcom PN-820 User Manual

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10. What about children using wireless phones?

The scientific evidence does not show a danger to users of wireless phones, including

children and teenagers. If you want to take steps to lower exposure to radiofrequency

energy (RF), the measures described above would apply to children and teenagers using

wireless phones. Reducing the time of wireless phone use and increasing the distance

between the user and the RF source will reduce RF exposure. Some groups sponsored by

other national governments have advised that children be discouraged from using wireless

phones at all. For example, the government in the United Kingdom distributed leaflets

containing such a recommendation in December 2000. They noted that no evidence exists

that using a wireless phone causes brain tumors or other ill effects. Their recommendation

to limit wireless phone use by children was strictly precautionary; it was not based on

scientific evidence that any health hazard exists.

11. What about wireless phone interference with medical equipment?

Radiofrequency energy (RF) from wireless phones can interact with some electronic

devices. For this reason, FDA helped develop a detailed test method to measure

electromagnetic interference (EMI) of implanted cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators

from wireless telephones. This test method is now part of a standard sponsored by the

Association for the Advancement of Medical instrumentation (AAMI). The final draft, a joint

effort by FDA, medical device manufacturers, and many other groups, was completed

in late 2000. This standard will allow manufacturers to ensure that cardiac pacemakers

and defibrillators are safe from wireless phone EMI. FDA has tested hearing aids for

interference from handheld wireless phones and helped develop a voluntary standard

sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). This standard

specifies test methods and performance requirements for hearing aids and wireless

phones so that that no interference occurs when a person uses a “compatible” phone and

a “compatible” hearing aid at the same time. This standard was approved by the IEEE in

2000. FDA continues to monitor the use of wireless phones for possible interactions with

other medical devices. Should harmful interference be found to occur, FDA will conduct

testing to assess the interference and work to resolve the problem.
12. Where can I find additional information?

For additional information, please refer to the following resources:
• FDA web page on wireless phones (http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/phones/index.html)
• Federal Communications Commission (FCC) RF Safety Pro-gram


• International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (http://www.icnirp.de)
• World Health Organization (WHO) International EMF Project (http://www.who.int/emf)
• National Radiological Protection Board (UK) (http://www.nrpb.org.uk/)