11/07/2007

Delay on introducing electromagnetic field legislation

The European Commission has this week proposed to postpone for four years -
until 30 April 2012 - the deadline for introducing legislation on workers'
exposure to electromagnetic fields, which could have affected the use of
technologies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This will allow enough
time to prepare a substantive amendment to the Directive in order to take
account of recent research findings on the possible impact of the exposure
limits on MRI.

MRI is currently the leading technique for detecting brain tumours and many
other serious conditions. It allows doctors to help 8 million patients each
year so the European Commission, as well as the Council, is well aware of the
enormous benefits of magnetic resonance imaging and of its immense value for
public health. The EU is also a driving force behind new research in this
field.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work