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Russia may relax its sanitary norms to international levels
Depending on the results of joint research by the Russian Health Ministry's Biophysics Institute and Bordeaux University, Russia may relax its sanitary norms to international levels. The manufacturers and sellers of mobile phones are extremely interested in the results. Mobile phone manufacturers adhere to standards that the limit of harmful effect of electromagnetic radiation on a person is 225-900 microwatts per sq cm. In Russia, however, the limit is 100 microwatts, and this standard has been in place for over 20 years. However, almost none of the mobile phones sold in the country comply with the standard, according to the National Committee for protection from non-ionizing radiation. The World Health Organization has recommended that Russia implement international standards for six years, said Michael Repacholi, coordinator of the WHO's International Electromagnetic Fields project. "It is irrational to insist on keeping standards invented back in the socialist era," said Sergei Yakovlev, director of the subscriber terminal division of Siemens' Moscow office. If Russia introduces international standards, suppliers will save "several thousands of dollars on the certification of every new model," he said. "As long as no model meets the existing sanitary norms, every mobile phone owner can sue for the certificate's nonconformity and win," said Oleg Grigoryev, director of the Electromagnetic Safety Center of the Biophysics Institute. Delays in certifying new models encourage the growth of gray imports.
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