2013 American Academy of Pediatrics Letter to the Federal Communications Commission
Update Radio Frequency Limits to Protect Children
On August 29, 2013 American Academy of Pediatric’s (AAP) President Thomas K. McInerny, MD FAAP wrote a letter to FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn and the US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg and submitted the letter to the FCC Docket on Human Exposure to Radio frequency radiation.
The letter stated that the AAP urges the FCC to adopt radiation standards that:
- Protect children and pregnant women
- Reflect current use patterns
- Provide meaningful consumer disclosure
“AAP is supportive of FCC developing standards that provide consumers with the information they need to make informed choices in selecting mobile phone purchases, and to help parents to better understand any potential risks for their children.”
The letter also criticized the SAR metric and the fact that the public is unaware of the RF exposure issue.
“The FCC has noted that it does not provide consumers with sufficient information about the RF exposure profile of individual phones to allow consumers to make informed purchasing decisions. The current metric of RF exposure available to consumers, the Specific Absorption Rate, is not an accurate predictor of actual exposure.”
Read the letter.American Academy of Pediatrics Letter To FCC RF Radiation Review 2013