A UK scientist's legal challenge over the possible health risks of mobile phones was dismissed by a court in Wales yesterday.
A Cwmbran based scientist took a local mobile phone retailer to court to face three charges under the Consumer Protection Act relating to the safety of mobile phone use. But the judge dismissed all charges.
Public concern about possible adverse health effects of mobile phone equipment is higher than ever. Industry observers estimate that concern increased by a factor of 50 between January and July of this year, according to UK trade association, the Federation of the Electronics Industry (FEI).
Roger Coghill, a 58-year old biologist who spent over #20,000 on the case, said he was glad to have aired evidence that he claims links excessive mobile phone use with deteriorating health.
But following yesterday's verdict, Coghill said he is not planning a return to court. "I've done that one now. I'm not a lawyer, I'm a biologist," he said.
Using evidence from scientists across the world, Coghill charged the owner of Mobile Communications Services, Wayne Morgan, with failing to comply with safety requirements, supplying faulty goods and with a safety requirement issue related to the shop.
Although the charges were dismissed, Coghill was today upbeat about the case. "The mobile phone industry is very much in the dock," he said. "It is only a matter of time before the regulatory evidence catches up with the biological evidence."
Coghill wants mobile phones to carry a warning label stating that excessive use could damage health. "I wanted a label, not saying 'don't use your phone,' that's crazy, but 'don't use it excessively'. It would be so simple to put a label on," he said.
However, the FEI said it welcomed the court decision. "We are pleased that the court has accepted the national and international scientific consensus that there is no link between mobile phones and cancer," said Tom Wills-Sandford, director at the FEI.
The FEI says it recognises public concern and is committed to providing information about safety issues. But its position, as stated in on its Web site, is that "there is no substantive evidence that mobile phones cause adverse health effects".
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