- Admits Industry Funding - for the WHO EMF Project
- Employed by the Industry before and after the WHO EMF Project
- Emeritus Chairman of ICNIRP since 1996 – the body charged with setting 'Safe' International Exposure limits. [here]
- Now Promoting Wireless/Microwave emitting Devices to Children - at the Handheld Learning Conference 10-12 October 2007 in London (despite the UK's Health Protection Agency's own advice that under 16's should only use Mobile Phones etc. as little as possible because they are more prone to harm from them)
Repacholi headed the Project into
ElectroMagneticFields (EMFs) by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
until July 2007.
For years, the WHO have declared Mobile
Telephone Masts and the microwave radiation (the EMFs) emitted by
them and other such devices not to be dangerous.
Campaigners have, for years, argued that Repacholi has not been independent, since this 'research' was at least partially funded by the Industry.
Repacholi , via the WHO-EMF Project,
has for years always strongly denied this.
However, Repacholi has now admitted
that a large proportion of the WHO-EMF Project funding was sourced
via donations sent to the Royal Adelaide Hospital from where
Repacholi was seconded. It is strongly believed that this was
“In 1996 the World Health
began what it said was a program "to assess the scientific
evidence of possible health effects of EMF in the frequency range
from 0 to 300 GHz" (EMF Project). The person placed in charge of
the program ... was Michael Repacholi, who had been known for more
than 6 years to be a paid consultant and spokesman for the companies
responsible for producing EMF pollution” [here]. Professor Andrew
Marino, Louisiana State University. [here]
It would appear that not only did Repacholi control the WHO EMF project from its inception, but its main source of funding was Industry.
“Repacholi states that he always
followed the WHO rules on funding and that, “NO funds were EVER
sent to me.” [His emphasis.]
This is financial legerdemain. As Microwave News has previously reported, Repacholi arranged for the industry money to be sent to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, where he used to work. The funds were then transferred to the WHO. Seven years ago, Norm Sandler, a Motorola spokesman, told us that, “This is the process for all the supporters of the WHO program.” At the
time, Motorola was sending Repacholi
$50,000 each year. That money is now bundled with other industry
contributions and sent to Australia by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum
(MMF), which gives the project $150,000 a year.
“What is the difference between
sending money directly to the WHO and sending it via Australia?,”
we asked Repacholi last December. He never responded. We don’t
think there is any difference. We don’t understand how the WHO can
see this as anything other than money laundering. On numerous
occasions we have asked Repacholi to reveal all the sources of the
funding of the WHO EMF project. He has consistently refused.”
News November 17th 2006 [here]
The indirect funding arrangement was
terminated after Repacholi's recent departure from the WHO, as
“The project is currently
funded solely through extra-budgetary contributions from
participating countries and other agencies. All contributions and
accounting are audited by WHO.
• Several governments provide either periodic or ad-hoc direct contributions to the WHO EMF Project, while others support financially specific activities.
• Through an agreement set up in
1995 between WHO and the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) in Australia,
RAH provided financial management of funds received from
contributions of non-governmental entities [ i.e.
presumed to be Industry - companies with vested interests in
maintaining the discredited illusion that Mobile Phones, wireless
devices and Powerlines are safe ] on behalf of the Project.
Dr Repacholi was seconded from RAH to WHO from the time of the
agreement until his retirement from WHO in June 2006. Following Dr
Repacholi's departure, the agreement was terminated in early 2007.
New funding sources are now being sought.” WHO Progress Report
June 2006-2007 [here]
Repacholi was interviewed in July 2007
about the funding of the WHO EMF Project. He admitted the link of
funding to industry, although he claimed that Industry funding made
up less than half of the total amount. See Gateway RF Project
interview at [here]
The same WHO Progress Report goes on to
list its funding as follows:-
“A summary of funds received and spent is given in Table 3 below.
Table 3 - Funding summary for the International EMF Project (July 2006 – June 2007)
USD 779,502 TOTAL INCOME”
WHO Progress Report June 2006-2007 [here ]
If the “Others” listed
above is almost entirely sourced from the Royal Adelaide Hospital,
and hence from Industry, the figures show that only less than
of the WHO EMF funding comes from Governments around the
With the source of WHO EMF Project funding exposed, Repacholi's role in the WHO EMF Project explained and his continuing role of roving ambassador for Industry – including in the UK at the forthcoming “Handheld Learning 2007” event to promote Wi-fi and wireless devices to children and schools (see here ) isn't it about time that people ignore Repacholi and the WHO EMF Project reports that Industry often quote?