Friday, June 26, 2015

Conflict of Interest Statement for IARC’s 2011 RF Review Updated

Conflict of Interest Statement for IARC’s 2011 RF Review Updated

COI Statement for IARC’s RF Review Updated

Niels Kuster’s Work for Industry Detailed

Lancet Oncology, the journal which published the official announcement of IARC’s decision to designate RF radiation as a possible human carcinogen, has issued a correction to the conflict of interest (COI) statement it had included for Niels Kuster, the Swiss researcher and entrepreneur based in Zurich. Kuster attended IARC’s evaluation of RF radiation in May 2011 as an “invited specialist.”

While this correction adds some important details, no one should lose sight of the fact that IARC invited three representatives from industry to be observers at the meeting, while barring attendance of the press.

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Baan R, Grosse Y, Lauby-Secretan B, et al, on behalf of the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group. Carcinogenicity of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. Lancet Oncol 2011; 12: 624–26—The conflict of interest statement for N Kuster should read: “NK is director and board member of the non-profit IT'IS foundation that performs research in the field of exposure assessments for academia, governments, and industry. IT'IS has received funding for specific projects from most mobile phone manufacturers and many service providers, including the Mobile Manufacturers Forum, Motorola, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, GSM Association, ARIB Japan, Swisscom, Deutsche Telekom, and TDC Sunrise. NK is president of the board and shareholder of NF Technology Holding AG, which controls two companies, Schmid & Partner Engineering AG and ZMT Zurich Medtech AG, that develop near-field measurement instruments, simulation software, and medical test equipment.” This correction has been made to the online version as of June 25, 2015.

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

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