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Parliamentary questions
5 December 2008
E-6099/2008
Answer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the Commission

In response to the Honourable Member's Written Question P‑4754/07 on this issue, the Commission submitted the BioInitiative report to the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), together with a mandate(1) to update the 2007 opinion on the potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. The scientific evidence presented in the BioInitiative report will be taken into account in this update.

As requested under point 2 of the mandate, in addition to updating the previous opinion, the SCENIHR will provide a methodological framework and corresponding guidelines on how best to evaluate available scientific evidence for risk assessment. The SCENIHR opinion will be available in January 2009 at the latest.

It should be noted that the role of the SCENIHR is not to provide opinions on individual reports. Its role is to perform risk assessments and give independent scientific advice to the Commission based on all the scientific evidence available. It does not deal with issues of risk management.

As it is a committee of independent scientists, the SCENIHR delivers opinions that do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission.

(1)http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/04_scenihr/docs/scenihr_q_014.pdf

OJ C 316, 23/12/2009
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