04/04/2022

Presentation of the dialogue committee

on "Radiofrequencies and health"

1. Context

Following on from the round table on "Radiofrequencies, health and the environment" organised in late 2009, the authorities decided to transfer the responsibilities of the French Health and Radiofrequencies Foundation to AFSSET, which became the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) in July 2010. This decision made ANSES a leading scientific authority on radiofrequencies. In addition to its expert appraisal tasks, it became responsible for:

  • funding and monitoring of research projects on the subject of radiofrequencies and health;
  • setting up a committee for dialogue between scientists and stakeholders in order to debate and make proposals on the work ANSES carries out on this topic.

Until 2018, an additional levy to the annual flat-rate tax on network companies (IFER) was used to collect funds to finance research activities in this field. Following the abolition of this levy, the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition allocated €2 million in funding to ANSES in 2019 as part of the National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR EST), to enable it to continue its call for research projects dedicated to radiofrequencies.

2. Objectives

The establishment of this dialogue committee built on the experience acquired in the framework of the Health and Radiofrequencies Foundation, and took account of recent institutional changes.

Its ambition is to be a forum for exchanges, discussion and information on scientific matters relating to the potential health effects of radiofrequencies and their assessment. It is understood that only issues falling within the scope of ANSES's responsibilities shall be addressed, as those relating to the management measures and regulatory provisions likely to be considered necessary shall be dealt with in the framework of the round table on radiofrequencies led by the public authorities. 
The fact that the dialogue committee has been set up by ANSES enables it to provide input for the work of the scientific committee in charge of the specific research programme and the Agency's Expert Committee on "Physical agents, new technologies and development areas".

This body's objectives are to:

  • debate and exchange views on the scientific work produced or needing to be encouraged;
  • question its areas of validity or application;
  • make proposals on areas for future research and/or on the expert appraisals to be carried out;
  • make recommendations on the use of this work for information purposes;
  • help clarify stakeholders' expectations and questions, and identify the most suitable methods/players/places for taking them into account. 

3. Composition

Following a call for expressions of interest issued via the Internet before its establishment and applications received subsequently, the members of this body are:

Institutions / Local authorities / Elected officials 

  • Jean-Benoit Agnani, French Frequency Agency (ANFR)
  • Véronique Picard, Association of Mayors of France (AMF)

Associations 

  • Marc Arazi, Alerte Phone Gate
  • Jacqueline Collard, Santé Environnement Rhône-Alpes (SERA) 
  • Virginie Collignon, Collectif Vigilance Franklin
  • Valentine de La Morinerie, National Union of Family Associations (UNAF)
  • Léa Lamblin, French Confederation for Consumer Affairs, Housing and Quality of Life (CLCV)
  • Laurent Le Guyader, Générations Futures
  • Madeleine Madore, France Assos Santé 
  • Sophie Pelletier, Collectif des Électrosensibles de France (EHS)
  • Elisabeth Renwez, Pour Rassembler Informer et Agir sur les Risques liés aux Technologies Electromagnétiques (PRIARTEM)
  • Pierre-Marie Thėveniaud, Robin des Toits
  • Ginette Vastel, France Nature Environnement (FNE)
  • Daniel Vollant, Centre for Independent Research and Information on Non-Ionising Radiation (CRIIREM)

Mobile phone operators and broadcasters

  • Carmen Alvarez, SFR
  • Patricia Martigne, Orange 
  • Hervé de Tournadre, Bouygues Telecom
  • Maxence Demerle, French Digital Industry Alliance (AFNUM)
  • Alexandre Galdin, French Telecoms Federation (FFT)
  • Sabine Lobnig, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF)
  • Saïda Ouederni, Free Mobile

Employee trade unions

  • Philippe Dalaudiere and Alain Delaunay, General Confederation of Labour (CGT)

The committee's configuration may change if other players express an interest in taking part in this dialogue body, after an opinion has been issued by the Chair and the group's members.

4. Operation

This dialogue committee, established in 2011 following a call for expressions of interest, brings together representatives of associations and employee trade unions, mobile telephone operators and manufacturers, local/regional authorities, institutions and elected officials, with a view to achieving a balance between the various organisations represented. It is not intended to produce a consensus or common position.

In late 2018, Dominique Marbouty, retired from the General Commission for Sustainable Development (CGDD), was appointed Chair of the Committee by the Agency's Director General.

This body meets two to three times a year, depending on the needs expressed by its members, current events and the Agency's work.

Its members undertake to participate regularly and not to use or repeat directly the remarks made by the various stakeholders at these meetings. The verbatim reports, which reproduce the content of the exchanges in full, are internal working documents for the group and are not intended for distribution. 

To preserve the equanimity of the debates, participants also commit to listen, exercise restraint and respect the points of view expressed by other stakeholders, in the interests of equitable access and freedom of speech. 

ANSES reserves the right to exclude any person who does not comply with the above operating rules.

The travel expenses of association representatives based outside Paris may be reimbursed.

This Committee is coordinated and managed by Régine Fraysse-Boutrais, who is responsible for openness to society within ANSES's Social Sciences, Expertise & Society Unit (MiSSES).