Washington: The US Congress Government Accountability Office (GAO), called on the federal regulators on Tuesday to revise rules that measure the amount of radiation from mobile phones. The year-long review by the office, done at the urging of lawmakers, did not suggest that cellphone use causes cancer. But it was critical of the way the Federal Communications Commission had managed its standards, noting that the rules, which had not changed since 1996, lagged behind those of the international community, a newspaper reported.The FCC’s regulations “may not reflect the latest evidence on the effects” of mobile phones, the GAO’s report said.What’s more, when testing cellular radiation exposure on someone using an earpiece, the FCC assumed that people placed their phones at a distance, say, on a nearby table, the GAO noted. But many people kept their phones in their pockets or on their belt buckles.The FCC “may not be identifying the maximum exposure, since some users may hold a mobile phone directly against the body while in use,” the GAO said. The office has recommended that the FCC reexamine both its exposure limits and the way it conducted their tests.In response to the report, the FCC said that it will ask federal health agencies and others for input as it assessed its regulations.
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