Critics on Bioinitiative

This report of 2007 was evaluated by the Health Council of the Netherlands on 2.9.2008 and the Council found it to be “an unbalanced and unobjective reproduction of the current state of scientific knowledge”. The experts also concluded that “the report does not provide any basis for changing current opinion regarding the risks of the electromagnetic fields”.

The more recent report of 2012 has been evaluated as being some sort of rehashing the report of 2007 without much new additions and most significantly, ignoring new international scientific findings: “The latest (2012) version was released on the Bioinitiative website early in January 2013. This massive 1479 page report contains 28 sections, incorporating in toto the original 2007 version together with new sections. It was prepared by a group of 29 individuals, most of them scientists who have long held controversial positions on health effects of electromagnetic fields.” [http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/picking-cherries-in-science-the-bio-initiative-report/]

Commentary by ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency )

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Regarding the Bioinitiative 2012 report it has issued the following statement:

Similar to the 2007 report the 2012 update is a collection of separate chapters written by individual authors, rather than a consensus view of an expert panel. The various chapters do not have a standardized format and only one chapter mentions any criteria used to select the studies on which it is based. The report discusses selected research results indicating the possibility of harmful effects beyond those considered established by the mainstream scientific community. The policy recommendations made by the editors of the report do not necessarily follow from the overall body of scientific evidence on the subject but are available for governments and communities to consider. (http://www.arpansa.gov.au/radiationprotection/emr/literature/january13.cfm)

Press release: Critics on Bioinitiative