Electromagnetic fields (EMF)

What is the International EMF Project?

Project activities

The mandate of the the International EMF Project is to assess the health and environmental effects of exposure to static and time varying electric and magnetic fields in the frequency range 0 - 300 GHz. For the purposes of the EMF Project, this range is divided into: static (0 Hz), extremely low frequency (ELF, >0-300 kHz), intermediate frequencies (IF, >300Hz to 10MHz), and radiofrequency (RF, 10 MHz-300 GHz) fields.

The EMF Project is located at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, since this is the only United Nations organization with a clear mandate to investigate detrimental health effects from exposure of people to non-ionizing radiation. The project is part of the Department of Public Health and Environment (PHE) in the Health Security and Environment (HSE) cluster.


Funding is provided by contributions from WHO member states and non-governmental organizations approved by WHO.

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Last update:

8 November 2011 16:49 CET