The purpose of this report is to outline the research needs into RF EME and health at the time of publication. Researchers applying for funding can use the information in this report when planning the research to be undertaken in Australia. A joint committee has been set up by ARPANSA and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to review the updated WHO research agenda when it is published.
This report addresses research priorities on RF EME and health within the frequency range of 100 kHz to 300 GHz. Although the current ARPANSA RF Standard also covers frequencies between 3 KHz and 100 kHz, effects at these intermediate frequencies are similar to extremely low frequencies and research needs below 100 kHz are not covered in this report.
This report covers RF EME exposure of the general public and workers but is not applicable to patients that are exposed to medical RF exposure. This report also does not apply to other potential hazards of RF fields such as the ignition of explosives or flammable gases, interference to electronic equipment or other electromagnetic compatibility issues.