The Catania Resolution

According to several reports, a group of scientists issued a statement on EMF at a meeting in September.

They were attending the international conference “State of the Research on Electromagnetic Fields—Scientific and Legal Issues,” organized by ISPESL, the University of Vienna, and the City of Catania. ISPESL is a technical-scientific branch of the National Health Service that advises industry on protection of occupational health and well-being in the workplace. In Catania, Italy, on Sept. 13 and 14, 2002, they agreed to the following:

  1. Epidemiological and in vivo and in vitro experimental evidence demonstrates the existence for electromagnetic field (EMF) induced effects, some of which can be adverse to health.
  2. We take exception to arguments suggesting that weak (low intensity) EMF cannot interact with tissue.
  3. There are plausible mechanistic explanations for EMF-induced effects which occur below present ICNIRP and IEEE guidelines and exposure recommendations by the European Union.
  4. The weight of evidence calls for preventive strategies based on the precautionary principle. At times the precautionary principle may involve prudent avoidance and prudent use.
  5. We are aware that there are gaps in knowledge on biological and physical effects, and health risks related to EMF, which require additional independent research.
  6. The undersigned scientists agree to establish an international scientific commission to promote research for the protection of public health from EMF and to develop the scientific basis and strategies for assessment, prevention, management and communication of risk, based on the precautionary principle.

- Fiorella Belpoggi, Fondazione Ramazzini, Italy
- Carl F. Blackman, past president, Bioelectromagnetics Society, Raleigh, N.C., USA
- Martin Blank, Department of Physiology, Columbia University, New York, USA
- Emilio Del Giudice, INFN Milano, Italy
- Livio Giuliani, University Camerino, Italy
- Settimio Grimaldi, CNR-INMM, Roma, Italy
- Lennart Hardell, Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Oerebro, Sweden
- Michael Kundi, Institute of Environmental Health, University of Vienna, Austria
- Henry Lai, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington, USA
- Abraham R. Liboff, Department of Physics, Oakland University, USA
- Wolfgang Löscher, School of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany
- Kjell Hansson Mild, National Institute of Working Life, Umeå, Sweden
- Wilhelm Mosgoeller, Institute for Cancer Research, University of Vienna, Austria
- Elihu D. Richter, Hebrew-University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel
- Umberto Scapagnini, Neuropharmacology, University of Catania, Italy, Member of the European Parliament
- Stanislaw Szmigielski, Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Warsaw, Poland