The French radiation monitoring authority, ANFR, contacted Apple to inform it of its decision to ban the sale of the iPhone 12. This decision was made based on tests conducted by the authority, which revealed that the specific absorption rate (SAR) of the iPhone 12 exceeded the legally permissible limit by a slight percentage. That is, the iPhone 12 emits slightly more radiation. Which is considered safe or permitted under French regulations. As a result, they took action to stop its sales in France.
Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is a measure used to determine the rate at which the human body absorbs RF energy from a wireless device, such as a smartphone. It is usually expressed in watts per kilogram (W/kg) and represents the amount of RF energy absorbed per unit mass of body tissue.
Many countries set specific absorption limits to ensure that these devices emit radiation within safe levels. When a device's SAR exceeds the permissible limit, it may raise concerns about potential health risks from prolonged exposure to these high levels of RF radiation.
According to the French Minister of State for the Digital Economy, Paris urged Apple to stop sales of its iPhone 12 in France due to radiation levels exceeding permissible limits. This statement came in an interview by the French Minister of State for the Digital Economy, Jean-Noel Parrot, with Le Parisien newspaper, last Tuesday.
The French radiation monitoring authority ANFR said that accredited laboratories found that the body’s absorption of electromagnetic energy amounts to 5.74 watts per kilogram during tests simulating when the phone is held in the hand or in the pocket.
The European standard is a specific absorption rate of 4.0 watts per kilogram in such tests.
The French radiation monitoring authority, ANFR, informed Apple of its decision to ban the sale of the iPhone 12. This decision came after a series of tests that revealed that the specific absorption rate of the iPhone 12 exceeded the legally permissible limit.
The authority said that its agents will verify that the iPhone 12 models are no longer for sale in France, starting today, Wednesday.
When Agence France-Presse contacted Apple, Apple insisted in a statement that the iPhone 12 devices are already compatible with safe radiation exposure limits, and will contact the competent French authority to prove this.
Barrow said that updating the operating system would be sufficient to fix radiation problems associated with the iPhone 12, which the American company has sold since 2020.
He said Apple must provide a response within a two-week time frame. He stressed that if they do not meet this deadline, he is willing to confiscate all iPhone 12 models currently in circulation. This policy applies uniformly to everyone, including big tech companies.
The European Union has set safety limits for SAR values associated with exposure to mobile phones, which may increase the risk of some forms of cancer according to scientific studies.
The French supervisory authority will share its findings with regulatory bodies in other EU member states. Barrow stated that, in practical terms, this decision could lead to a ripple effect, like a snowball effect.
In 2020, France expanded its regulations to require retailers to include information about radiation levels on the packaging of various electronic products, extending beyond mobile phones to include tablets and other similar devices.
NoteThis news came in conjunction with Apple’s announcement of its new series of phones IPhone 15 And some other products and services.