The European Commission adopted a proposal on 14 June 2011 to revise the directive on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields - EMF). The text includes an exemption for the medical applications using the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technique from the exposure limit values set in the Directive.
COCIR welcomes the European Commission’s recognition of the strict controls
already applied to the use of MRI and hence, the proposal to exempt MRI from
the exposure limits. This is the result of the concerns raised by COCIR and many others that the proposed limit values would impede the practice of MRI and it will ensure that this vital medical technology will continue to be available for all patients in Europe.
COCIR remains committed to ensuring high levels of safety for both MRI patients and medical and other staff, and is actively involved in developing international safety standards.
Medical applications such as MR have been serving European citizens for more than 25 years with no reported negative health effects related to EMF exposure reported.