U.K. Regulator Updates Guidance on Proposed EMF License Conditions
Monday, March 01, 2021 | Comments

U.K. telecommunications regulator Ofcom published an update to the new electromagnetic fields (EMF) license condition that it is proposing to apply to spectrum users, as well as new guidance on how licensees can ensure they comply with it.

In October 2020, Ofcom confirmed that it would be going ahead with its proposal to introduce new license conditions to incorporate the limits in the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines for the protection of the general public into spectrum licenses. This means licensees must operate their services within the ICNIRP Guidelines as a condition of their Ofcom license, including keeping records of any compliance assessments.

The new proposed conditions apply to wireless equipment that can transmit at power levels above 10 watts (W) and Ofcom expects them to come into place no later than 18 May. License holders will be given a grace period of at least six months to comply.

Following further consultation, Ofcom published a refined version of its license condition which it will use for the formal license variation process, which is set to begin in March. The regulator also published a refined version of its guidance and an updated EMF calculator.

Additionally, Ofcom published the latest results from its EMF measurement program, assessing EMF levels close to 5G sites at a further 11 locations across the UK. All the results have shown EMF levels to be well within internationally agreed upon levels for EMF exposure. This is consistent with the regulator’s previous measurements.

Find the updated guidance here.

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