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30 November 2021

SAR of Cell Phone : France Files a Formal Objection to the EU Commission

SAR of cell phone : France files a formal objection to the EU Commission
by Equipe Phonegate | 28 Nov 2021

The SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) of cell phones is supposed to protect the health of users. This is still not the case! Also, on the recommendations of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), France has therefore referred to the European Commission to propose a measurement of SAR in direct contact with the body. But, two years after the announcement of the Government, nothing has changed yet.

For our part, we denounce since 2016, a European regulation that allows manufacturers to put in the hands of their customers, cell phones dangerous for their health. Thus, the SAR of cell phones was measured, until June 2017, at a unrealistic distance from the body with its use and can go up to 2.5 centimeters from the skin. Yet today, SAR is still measured at 5 millimeters from the trunk.

SAR cell phone tests, each millimeter counts

However, each millimeter of distance between the cell phone and the body will increase the SAR level. This is shown by the tests conducted in 2019 by the Chicago Tribune on the Apple iPhone 7.

For example, when the accredited lab places the smartphone 2 mm from the skin instead of 5 mm, as in a pocket, the SAR of the iPhone 7 reaches 7.15 W/kg. The regulatory limit is 1.6 W/kg in the USA and 2 W/kg in Europe for SAR head and trunk.

So for a difference of 3 mm, the SAR is multiplied by 4. It would be even higher measured in direct contact with the body!

In this regard, the table below from the investigative work of journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Roe is eloquent:

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