The AOCRP-5 Congress’ predecessors, the Asian and Oceanic Association for Radiation Protection Congresses, were held in Seoul (2002), Beijing (2006), Tokyo (2010) and Kuala Lumpur (2014). The fifth congress of the series, the AOCRP-5 – Congress of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society, was held in May 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. The AOCRP-5 was also the IRPA – International Radiation Protection Association Regional Meeting for 2018 in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Concluding Words from the Report:
There is an urgent need to start research studies examining effects of millimeter-waves on human health. However, there is a strong resistance from the telecom industry and from the decision-makers to start new research programs. ICNIRP and the telecoms strongly propagate the idea that the low power of EMF emissions from the 5G devices will guarantee that human health will not be affected. However, the same assurances were made in 70’s when the first generation of cell phones was commercialized, followed by the unlimited spread of the 2G, 3G and 4G devices – as long as the device emits radiation within the ICNIRP guidelines it is considered as safe, what is not necessarily the case as shown by a number of research studies. As a direct consequence of the scientific research, in 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified radiation emitted by the cell phones and cell towers as a possible human carcinogen. This classification appears to be strengthened by the new research studies on 3G and 4G-emitted EMF published after year 2011. What the biomedical research on millimeter-waves, performed in the future, will show is a complete enigma. However, no matter what the future research will show, the 5G technology will be by then fully deployed and without any possibility of reverse because the whole future life of the humanity will be based and dependent on the functioning of the 5G radiation-emitting devices. This is a unique situation in the history of the human kind when the whole human population will be exposed to man-made devices emitting non-ionizing radiation that was insufficiently tested before deployment. What is and what will be the responsibility of the scientists, decision-makers and industry leaders who permit deployment of insufficiently tested technology that will affect us all? The answer is simple – no responsibility… because if any health problems will show up in the future, these will most likely take tens of years of time to manifest and, by then the persons that currently enable deployment of the insufficiently tested radiation-emitting 5G technology will be either retired or, proverbially, “six feet under”.