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Scientists Call For Transparency at the World Health Organization EMF Project

Dec 10, 2019


Scientists Call For Transparency at the World Health Organization EMF Project

On December 4, 2019 several scientists who have expertise in electromagnetic radiation wrote Dr. Emilie van Deventer, an electrical engineer and Head of the International EMF Project, at the World Health Organization. The letter asks questions related to the recent call for teams to perform a systematic review of electromagnetic radiation. Importantly the  EMF Project is a different entity than the International Agency for the Research on Cancer(IARC).

The IARC vets experts for conflicts of interest and industry ties and has classified RF as a Class 2 B possible carcinogen, whereas the EMF Project also under the WHO umbrella is criticized for a lack of transparency and industry loyalty. See (Hardell 2017) published in the International Journal for Oncology with details.

The WHO EMF Project has factsheet written by unknown entities that states, “to date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use there is no proof.”

*1/10/2020 Update: Dr. Lennart Hardell also wrote a letter calling for transparency as documented in Microwave News . 

Letter sent December 4, 2019

Dear Dr.  Emilie van Deventer,

This letter is in regards to the “Call for Expressions of Interest for Systematic Reviews (2019).”


  1. Who specifically will select the teams?

  2. What are the criteria of selection?

  3. One issue often missed in CIO forms are financial relationships between universities and companies. For example, New York University Wireless is so heavily funded by telecommunications companies funding  that it was stated that “the affiliates share in it like an R&D arm.” Will industry funding of universities be stated on the COI forms?

  4. The WHO EMF Project has several factsheets online. Which scientists wrote these and what was the process for the conclusions put forth in these factsheets?

5. Will scientists who are also a part of ICNIRP be identified in the COI process?


Henry Lai, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Simona Carrubba, PhD, Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA

Kjell Hansson Mild, Department of Radiation Sciences Umeå University SE-901 87  Umeå, Sweden

Semra Tepe Çam, Assoc.Prof., Turkish Atomic Energy Authority Ankara Turkey

Alvaro Augusto de Salles, Ph.D., Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul- UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Alfonso Balmori, BSc , Biologist. Spain

Samuel Milham MD, MPH., Retired Washington State Health Department

Kavindra Kesari, Ph.D, , Senior Scientist, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Livio Giuliani, , “dirigente di ricerca” of Italian National Health Service, ICEMS Spokesman

Jerry L. Phillips, Ph.D., Executive Director, Excel Centers, Professor Attendant, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

David O. Carpenter, M.D., Director, Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany

Wenjun Sun, PhD , Professor, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China

Lukas H. Margaritis, Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology and Radiobiology, Dept of Cell Biology and Biophysics Faculty of Biology, University of Athens

Carl F. Blackman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1970-2014), Retired

Dr. Besarion Partsvania, Georgian Technical University

Hidetake Miyata, PhD., , Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Japan

Marie-Claire Cammaerts,, University of Brussels, Belgium, Retired

Martin L. Pall PHD, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University

Paul Héroux, PhD  , Professor of Toxicology and Health Effects of Electromagnetism, McGill University Medicine, Department of Surgery, McGill University Health Center

If you are a scientists with expertise in bioelectromagnetics and want to sign onto this letter who has received no response, please email