How does the EMF Directive apply to my business? What are the economic implications? What are the possible adverse health effects from EMF exposure? The impact
of the EMF Directive 2013/35/EU on European industry remains unclear.
NEWSWhat Will The Impact Of The EMF Directive Be?
What Will The Impact Of The EMF Directive Be?
Although it applies only to workplaces, the July 2016 transposition of the Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Directive 2013/35/EU into UK and European law raises many questions for companies in the EU developing technologies that produce electromagnetic fields.Questions include: How does the EMF Directive apply to my business? What are the economic implications? What are the possible adverse health effects from EMF exposure? This last question was central to the policy debate which prompted the European authorities to put off bringing the Directive into effect until 2013, five years later than its original implementation date of 2008. Not only did the Council postpone the transposition deadline, it also undertook a review of the Directive’s substantive provisions in light of the findings of new studies on the human health impacts of non-ionising radiation, taking work in progress in the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) as its yardsticks.The Council argued that transposition needed to be postponed in order to examine the potential impact of implementing the Directive on the use of electromagnetic fields in medical imaging and certain industrial activities. To do this in accordance with the European treaty, the Commission had to launch a social partner consultation on the Directive’s guidelines. The first stage of consultations got under way in summer 2009. To meet its 2012 deadline, the European Commission needed to have a proposal on the Council table by the start of 2010 to give to the institutions the minimum time needed for scrutiny and national transposition. This was achieved and the EMF Directive 2013/35/EU was published in June 2013, 9 years after its initial inception. The European Union wait to see what the impact on industry across Europe will be. Dr Richard FindlayEMF Safety Specialist & Director of EMFcomp Limited
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