Glossary definition of IEGMP

Also known as: Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones

Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (IEGMP) was set up in the UK in 1999 to assess the possible health risks from the use of mobile phones, base stations and transmitters. The IEGMP's report Mobile Phones and Health (published on 11 May 2000) concluded that, based on the current evidence, there is no need for the public to worry about the use of mobile phones.

The IEGMP advised that individuals may choose to: use phones for as short a time as possible; use phones with low specific energy absorption rate (SAR) values; use hands-free kits and other devices provided they have been proved to reduce SAR. The IEGMP also considered that children under 16 years of age should be discouraged from using mobile phones, as they are likely to be more vulnerable to any unrecognised health risks from mobile phone use than are adults.

The IEGMP found that radio frequency radiation from Base Stations exposed the public to very much less radiation than the current guidelines set by the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). The National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) is the statutory body in the UK with responsibilities in this area.

The IEGMP has a website at www.iegmp.org.uk.