Monitoring of electromagnetic fields

Within the scope of its MCE - Monitorização e Controlo do Espectro (Spectrum Monitoring and Control) activities, ANACOM monitors compliance with applicable regulations and, in particular, compliance with the reference levels of electromagnetic fields generated by radiocommunication stations at sites where there is exposure of the general population.

The reference levels, which are set out in Administrative Rule no. 1421/2004 of 23 November, are the maximum limits of electromagnetic fields in sites of general population exposure; they are based on values adopted internationally by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and in Council Recommendation 1999/519/EC of 12 July 1999 of the European Union. These limits must be respected in the transmissions of all radiocommunication stations, whatever their service.

The conclusions of the inspections carried out by ANACOM following requests from citizens or institutions over the years can be consulted at assessment of non-ionizing radiation.

For full background on the issues associated with this matter see exposure to electromagnetic fields

For clarification of uncertainties or questions, please contact ANACOM's Public Attendance Service (in person, by telephone or e-mail) or the area of spectrum monitoring and control, through by contacting the respective CMCE - Centro de Monitorização e Controlo do Espectro (Spectrum Monitoring and Control Centre), according to the operating area.

ANACOM will analyse the situation and may contact the person reporting the complaint to obtain additional information or to conduct on-site measurements, in order to assess whether the station(s) concerned is operating in compliance with applicable regulations, which include the reference levels established in Administrative Rule no. 1421/2004.