While many wireless electronic devices for children are available on the market (touch-screen tablets walki-talkies, baby monitory, etc.), article L.5231-4 of the French public health code provides for the possibility of prohibiting, by an order of the Ministry of Health, the marketing of wireless electronic devices for children that would expose them to excessive levels of radiofrequency waves.
Given the above, the Agency was asked by the Directorate General for Health (DGS), the Directorate General for Risk Prevention (DGPR) and the Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) to identify the potential health risks of wireless electronic device use by or near children.
Launch of a public consultation on the pre-final report
ANSES selected over 200 studies on the effects of electromagnetic radiation on the human body, with a concentration on child exposure – from the embryo up through adolescence –, in order to:
characterise child exposure by identifying the many different
sources of exposure to radiofrequency waves specific to children (baby
monitors, radio-controlled toys, walkie-talkies, talking robots, mobile
phones for children, touch-screen tablets, child locator devices,
study the potential effects of radiofrequency waves on children's
health (nervous system, general well-being, mental health, reproduction
and development, carcinogenicity).
The scientific data and comments received will be carefully examined by the Agency's experts specialising in these specific issues in view of their possible integration into the final expert assessment report. This report will be published along with an ANSES opinion. All the comments received, as well as the Agency’s responses, will be placed in an annex to the final report.