AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch digital regulator is examining a French report that Apple’s iPhone 12 model violates European Union radiation exposure limits and will ask the U.S. company for an explanation, according to an official quoted by daily Algemeen Dagblad.
France’s Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR) on Tuesday asked Apple to stop iPhone12 sales in France after tests showed the phone’s specific absorption rate (SAR) – a measure of the rate of radio frequency energy the body absorbs from a device absorbed – was higher than permitted by law.
“A norm has been exceeded. Fortunately, there is no acute safety risk, but we will have a conversation with the manufacturer shortly,” Angeline van Dijk, inspector at the Nederlandse Rijksinspectie Digitale Infrastructuur (RDI), told the Dutch newspaper.
“The Netherlands places as much importance on the safe use of mobile phones as France. Mobile phones must comply with European standards.”
German network regulator BNetzA said it could initiate similar proceedings and was in close contact with French authorities, while Spanish consumer group OCU called on authorities there to stop selling the iPhone 12.
Apple said in a statement that the iPhone 12, launched in 2020, was certified by several international bodies as compliant with global radiation standards, that it had submitted to the French authority several laboratory results from Apple and third parties confirming the compliance of the phone and that this was the case disputed his findings.
(Reporting by Toby Sterling and Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by David Gregorio)
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