Mobile phones in India to carry radiation labels

By Sep. 1, all handsets sold in India must disclose level of radiation and this data must be stated on device, manual, packaging box and Web sites of handset maker and ministry.

The Indian government has set September as the deadline mobile phones sold in the country must carry labels declaring the device's radiation emission levels.

Citing officials from the telecoms department, The Times of India reported Wednesday that India's new radiation rules for mobile phones and towers will take into effect Sep. 1, and added that all handset makers, mobile phone companies and cell tower companies will be informed of this deadline by end-April.

The specific absorption rate (SAR), which is the measurement unit of the amount of radio waves absorbed by the user's body, must be included on the device, manual, packaging box and Web sites of both the handset maker and ministry's telecom department, the report added.

The SAR of each handset model must also be displayed at all retail outlets selling mobile phones, said the news daily. The Indian government also decreed that each handset must be sold with a hands-free device which it said will significantly reduce the user's exposure to radiation.

According to the report, India's required SAR level of 1.6 watts per kg (W/kg) is set lower than the European standard of 2W/kg.

The U.S. city of San Francisco in 2010  had planned to establish a law requiring mobile phones to display their SAR levels, but the proposal was dimissed by a U.S. judge the following year.

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