LG V20 (LGLS997) User Manual – Page 154

Posted on 13 Aug, 2019
Manufacturer: LG
Category: Cell Phones
Product: LG V20 (LGLS997)
Pages: 170
File size: 4 MB

For Your Safety
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2.
What is the FDA
’s role concerning the safety of wireless devices?
Under the law, the FDA does not review the safety of radiation-emitting consumer
products such as wireless devices before they can be sold, as it does with new
drugs or medical devices. However, the agency has authority to take action if
wireless devices are shown to emit Radio Frequency (RF) energy at a level that is
hazardous to the user. In such a case, the FDA could require the manufacturers of
wireless devices to notify users of the health hazard and to repair, replace, or recall
the devices so that the hazard no longer exists. Although the existing scientific
data do not justify FDA regulatory actions, the FDA has urged the wireless device
industry to take a number of steps, including the following:
Support needed research into possible biological effects of RF of the type
emitted by wireless devices;
Design wireless devices in a way that minimizes any RF exposure to the user
that is not necessary for device function; and
Cooperate in providing users of wireless devices with the best possible
information on possible effects of wireless device use on human health.
The FDA belongs to an interagency working group of the federal agencies that
have responsibility for different aspects of RF safety to ensure coordinated efforts
at the federal level. The following agencies belong to this working group:
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Environmental Protection Agency
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The National Institutes of Health participates in some interagency working group
activities, as well.
The FDA shares regulatory responsibilities for wireless devices with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC). All devices that are sold in the United States
must comply with FCC safety guidelines that limit RF exposure. The FCC relies on
the FDA and other health agencies for safety questions about wireless devices.
The FCC also regulates the base stations that the wireless device networks rely
upon. While these base stations operate at higher power than do the wireless
devices themselves, the RF exposures that people get from these base stations are
typically thousands of times lower than those they can get from wireless devices.
Base stations are thus not the subject of the safety questions discussed in this
document.