India sets cellphone radiation limits

May 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

NEW DELHI, May 8 (UPI) -- The government of India says mobile phone manufacturers must reveal the radiation levels of their handsets starting in September.

The new regulation follows an earlier requirement that all phone manufacturers limit the Specific Absorption Rate to 1.6 watt/kg. SAR is the rate at which a human body absorbs energy from an electromagnetic field.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has set the same levels for cellphone manufacturers in the United States, ZDNet.com reported Tuesday.

The required SAR levels will be in effect starting September and phone manufacturers must include radiation figures with their handsets starting then, officials said.

The new requirements will apply to all handsets sold in India no matter where they are manufactured, the government said.

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