The 2020 edition of The European 5G Conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium on January 29th & 30th. The majority of the issues concern technology and its deployment. Safety limits are mentioned, in passing, in the outline for the session #7. In fact, there is kind of complaint that because ICNIRP recommendations are not binding for the EU states, this hampers deployment of the 5G:
“…Whilst there are European recommendations on limits (based on guidelines from the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection), these are not binding, and in some cases this is hampering 5G roll-out...“
Outline for the session #7 shows a push for harmonization of safety limits across the European Union, meaning every EU state should be obliged to use ICNIRP safety limits, no exceptions.
Here is the full outline of the proposed content for session #7, dealing with human health safety, or rather with how the health safety issues can hamper deployment of 5G.
Session 7: Developing a 5G-ready framework for EMF limits in Europe
The approach to setting of reasonable levels for EMF exposure varies quite considerably across different member states. Whilst there are European recommendations on limits (based on guidelines from the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection), these are not binding, and in some cases this is hampering 5G roll-out. This session will look at where the balance lies between safeguarding human health and ensuring that EMF limits do not slow down 5G deployment. It will explore the importance of a harmonised approach to EMF limits, and also, with public interest in EMF exposure and 5G growing, the need for transparency and increased communication in the way in which 5G networks are being deployed.
• What is the current situation with regards to EMF limits and technical approaches across EU member states, and how appropriate are these in today’s 5G world?
• What challenges do current varying limits across Europe pose for 5G deployment, and how can a solution be found that safeguards the general public without slowing down 5G deployment?
• To what extent has the Communications Code helped to streamline the process of deploying small cells and technologies such as Massive MIMO and beamforming, and what work still remains to be done?
• Is there still a need for more co-ordination at an EU level, and how important is it that a harmonised approach is achieved?
• How can operators and technology providers work together to improve communication and education around EMF limits and the overall transparency of 5G roll-out?