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Información para el consumidor acerca de las emisiones de radiofrecuencia

Your wireless phone, which contains a radio transmitter and receiver, emits radio frequency energy during use. La información para el consumidor que se detalla a continuación aborda las preguntas más frecuentes acerca de los efectos que provocan los teléfonos móviles en la salud.

Are Wireless Phones Safe?

Scientific research on the subject of wireless phones and radio frequency ("RF") energy has been conducted worldwide for many years, and continues. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") set policies and procedures for wireless phones. The FDA and the FCC have created a joint website, "Cell Phone Facts - Consumer Information on Wireless Phones," which states that "[t]he available scientific evidence does not show that any health problems are associated with using wireless phones," while noting that "[t]here is no proof, however, that wireless phones are absolutely safe." You can access the joint FDA/FCC website at You can also contact the FDA toll-free at (888) 463-6332 or (888) INFO-FDA. In June 2000, the FDA entered into a cooperative research and development agreement through which additional scientific research will be conducted. The FCC issued its own website publication stating that "[t]here is no scientific evidence that proves that wireless phone usage can lead to cancer or a variety of other problems, including headaches, dizziness or memory loss." This publication is available at or through the FCC at (888) 225-5322 or (888) CALL-FCC.

What Does "SAR" Mean?

En el 1996, la FCC junto con la FDA, la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los EE. UU. y otras agencias, establecieron las pautas para la exposición segura a la RF para teléfonos móviles de EE. UU. Antes de que un modelo de teléfono móvil esté disponible para la venta al público, el fabricante debe probar el teléfono y la FCC debe certificar que el dispositivo no supera los límites establecidos por la FCC. One of these limits is expressed as a Specific Absorption Rate, or "SAR". SAR is a measure of the rate of absorption of RF energy in the body. Tests for SAR are conducted with the phone transmitting at its highest power level in all tested frequency bands. Since 1996, the FCC has required that the SAR of handheld wireless phones not exceed 1.6 watts per kilogram, averaged over one gram of tissue. Although the SAR is determined at the highest power level, the actual SAR value of a wireless phone while operating can be less than the reported SAR value. Esto se debe a que el valor SAR puede variar de llamada a llamada, dependiendo de factores tales como proximidad a la torre celular, la proximidad del teléfono al cuerpo mientras se lo está utilizando y el uso de dispositivos de manos libres. For more information about SARs, see the FCC's OET Bulletins 56 and 65 at and You may also wish to contact the manufacturer of your phone.

Can I Minimize My RF Exposure?

If you are concerned about RF, there are several simple steps you can take to minimize your RF exposure. You can, of course, reduce your talk time. You can place more distance between your body and the source of the RF, as the exposure level drops off dramatically with distance. The FDA/FCC website states that "[h]ands-free kits can be used with wireless phones for convenience and comfort. These systems reduce the absorption of RF energy in the head because the phone, which is the source of the RF emissions, will not be placed against the head. On the other hand, if the phone is mounted against the waist or other part of the body during use, then that part of the body will absorb more RF energy. Wireless phones marketed in the U.S. are required to meet safety requirements regardless of whether they are used against the head or against the body. Either configuration should result in compliance with the safety limit." Also, if you use your wireless phone while in a car, you can use a phone with an antenna on the outside of the vehicle. También debes leer y seguir las instrucciones del fabricante de tu teléfono móvil para operar tu teléfono en forma segura.

Do Wireless Phones Pose Any Special Risks to Children?

El sitio Web de la FDA y la FCC afirma que "la evidencia científica no indica que exista un peligro para los usuarios de dispositivos de comunicación móvil, incluyendo los niños". El sitio Web de la FDA y la FCC además afirma que "algunos grupos patrocinados por otros gobiernos nacionales aconsejan que los niños no utilicen teléfonos móviles. For example, the government in the United Kingdom ["UK"] distributed leaflets containing such a recommendation in December 2000. [The UK] noted that no evidence exists that using a wireless phone causes brain tumors or other ill effects. [The UK's] recommendation to limit wireless phone use by children was strictly precautionary; it was not based on scientific evidence that any health hazard exists." A copy of the UK's leaflet is available at (search "mobile"), or you can write to: NRPB, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0RQ, United Kingdom. Copies of UK’s annual reports on mobile phones and RF are available online at and (search "mobile"). Los padres que deseen reducir la exposición de sus hijos a la RF pueden optar por restringir el uso de dispositivos móviles por parte de sus hijos.

Where Can I Obtain Further Information?

For further information, see the following additional resources:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA - Revista del consumidor
November-December 2000
Telephone: (888) INFO-FDA

U.S. Federal Communications Commission

445 12th St. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Telephone: (888) 225-5322

Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones

Royal Society of Canada

Panel de expertos en posibles riesgos de salud del campo de la radiofrecuencia de dispositivos de telecomunicación móvil

283 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7X9
Telephone: (613) 991-6990

World Health Organization

Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
Telephone: 011 41 22 791 21 11

International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection

c/o Bundesamt fur Strahlenschutz
Ingolstaedter Landstr.1
85764 Oberschleissheim
Telephone: 011 49 1888 333 2156

American National Standards Institute (Instituto Nacional de Estándares de los EE. UU.)

1819 L Street, N.W., 6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-8020

National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814-3095
Telephone: (301) 657-2652

Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR), of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers