We are pleased to share with you this important news at the European level. The Danish health authorities have officially considered that users should be informed of the risk to human health and safety posed by the radiation from their cell phones exceeding the regulatory exposure values.
Razer Phone 2
“The Danish Health and Medicines Authority has become aware that the use of a specific mobile phone, which from November 2018 has been marketed in Denmark, especially in the gaming environment, can lead to exceeding the limit value. These are mobile phones of the type Razer Phone 2. We therefore encourage users of the phone not to use the mobile phone in question. We also refer to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s current recommendations for the use of mobile phones.” https://www.sst.dk/da/Viden/Straaling/Straaling-i-hverdagen/Mobiltelefoni-og-traadloes-teknologi/Mobiltelefoner
Thanks to the work of Danish freelance journalist David Wedege (in conjunction with Dr Marc Arazi and our teams), the Danish authorities were asked to find out why cell phones considered “non-compliant” by the French authorities continued to be sold on the Danish market. The journalist focused in particular on the withdrawal in France in May 2020 of the Razer Phone 2.
After several months of discussions with the various national agencies, David Wedege made it possible for the Razer Phone 2 to be withdrawn from the Danish market and for the health authorities to take an official position.
However and despite the position of the National Board of Health, the Danish Safety Technology Authority still refuses to allow consumers using this smartphone to be informed of the health risks.
For Olle Johansson, associate professor retired from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, member of Phonegate Alert scientific advisory comitee :
“The consideration of the Danish health authorities that cell phone users should be informed about the risks to human health and the safety issues around the radiation from their cell phones, sometimes even exceeding the regulatory exposure values, is, of course, a welcome step, especially considering that very few countries around the world are engaged in similar health protection information campaigns. However, it must be noted that no cell phone today can be considered safe from a human, animal, plant, or bacterial point of view. To achieve such a safe situation, much, much lower exposure levels must be reached, maybe as low as the natural background, and with the complete removal of the artificial nature of man-made electromagnetic fields and signals.”
For Dr. Marc Arazi, President of the NGO Phonegate Alert, who is delighted with this development despite the attitude of the Danish Safety Technology Authority:
“Denmark thus becomes the second European country to take a position, though cautiously, in the Phonegate industrial and health scandal. But what are the other national and European authorities therefore waiting for to react? It is high time they put an end to the overexposure of millions of users to the waves of their cell phones.”
We present below one of the recent articles that the journalist published on his blog “Tabt Tråd”.
The National Board of Health maintains: Consumers must be warned against using illegal smartphones
Tabt Tråd (“Lost Thread”), 23 September 2020
Lost Thread is journalistically edited and registered with the Press Board with responsibility for the content. This is a journalistic article.
The Danish Health and Medicines Authority assesses that cross-border radiation from an illegal smartphone model poses a risk to human health and safety. Nevertheless, the responsible agency refuses to follow the Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s recommendation.
THE SECURITY BOARD INTRODUCES a marketing ban on the smartphone model Razer Phone 2 after Lost Thread’s coverage that the mobile phone with excessive radiation emissions violates Danish legislation, which is common in the EU.
However, the Danish Safety Technology Authority will not notify Danish consumers who own a copy of the phone, the authority now tells Lost Thread. This is contrary to a recommendation from the National Board of Health, which has previously commented on the case to Lost Thread.
Desired measures against consumers
In August, Lost Thread presented to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority that the Danish Safety Technology Authority would not inform Danish consumers.
The Danish Health and Medicines Authority did not immediately agree with the Danish Safety Technology Authority:
“The National Board of Health does not consider the exceeding of the limit value in question to be negligible. We therefore find it important that the phone in question should not be on the market in Denmark, and we would therefore recommend that measures be planned aimed at dealers and existing users of the phone. We have agreed on a forthcoming meeting with the Danish Safety Technology Authority for a discussion of this,” wrote the Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s press consultant, Lotte Bælum, on 21 August to Lost Thread.
Clear call for warning
Lost Thread has sought access to documents in the following correspondence between the Danish Safety Technology Authority and the Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s unit for radiation protection, which took place between 17 August and 1 September.
A video conversation has also taken place.
In an e-mail to the Danish Safety Technology Authority, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s radiation professional, Anders Ravnsborg Beierholm, writes on 17 August 2020:
““If the limit value is exceeded, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority assesses that the phone may pose a risk to people’s health and safety, and we therefore find it important that the phone in question should not be available on the market in Denmark. The ban on EU marketing should therefore be followed up nationally with a warning against the use of the phone.
Based on the above, we would therefore like to know whether the Danish Safety Technology Authority is planning measures aimed at dealers and existing users of the phone in question.”
Users get to know nothing
However, after the Danish Health and Medicines Authority has criticized the Danish Safety Technology Authority’s original decision, the Danish Safety Technology Authority has nevertheless made another decision which does not follow the Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s recommendation.
The Danish Safety Technology Authority maintains that Danish consumers should not be warned against using the phone.
When the Danish Safety Technology Authority does not want to notify Danish consumers who own a copy, it is due to the Danish Safety Technology Authority’s own specific assessment of the product, the Danish Safety Technology Authority’s chief consultant, Lars Niemann tells Lost Thread.
“Our risk assessment states that there may be a long-term risk, but that there is no acute risk of personal injury. In other words, the risk is assessed as low to medium-high, which we will sanction with a marketing ban that has already been executed“, writes Lars Niemann in a response.
Now the National Board of Health does not respond
Lost Thread has asked the Danish Health and Medicines Authority whether the Danish Safety Technology Authority’s final decision not to notify consumers is satisfactory when the Danish Health and Medicines Authority recommended that consumers be warned against using the Razer Phone 2.
The recommendation is written both in a comment to Lost Thread and in internal emails to the Danish Safety Technology Authority, to which Lost Thread has been given access.
In an e-mail, the National Board of Health’s press officer, Tina Guldmann Gustavsen, does not answer Lost Thread’s question, but answers Lost Thread with an information that does not relate to the question:
“We can state that at the end of August we had a dialogue with the Danish Safety Technology Authority about the challenges with Razer Phone 2. The Danish Safety Technology Authority stated, among other things, The Danish Health and Medicines Authority states that they are monitoring the market for this used phone. This very morning, 15 September, we have been informed that the Danish Safety Technology Authority has become aware of a few used sales of the phone via market surveillance, and that they will contact the sellers directly to stop the sale. We can also refer to the fact box on the Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s website : https://www.sst.dk/da/Viden/Straaling/Straaling-i-hverdagen/Mobiltelefoni-og-traadloes-teknologi/Mobiltelefoner”
Lost Thread has resubmitted the question to the National Board of Health. https://tabttraad.home.blog/2020/09/23/sundhedsstyrelsen-fastholder-forbrugere-skal-advares-mod-at-bruge-ulovlig-smartphone/ These articles have been brought with kind permission from Lost Thread. Lost Thread reserves all rights.