The MCA has the responsibility to ensure that operators of radio transmitting apparatus comply with electromagnetic fields (EMF) limits established at law. To this end, the Authority undertakes a range of compliance activities.
To provide further assurance on undertakings' compliance to EMF obligations, in 2020 the MCA undertook a detailed assessment of the public exposure to the levels of EMF by taking measurements at the carriage ways around the towns and villages across the Maltese Islands. Such an assessment also served to provide assurance to the general public that EMF levels in accessible areas are within the safe EMF reference levels as applicable at law.The audit focused on the realtime levels of EMF emanating from all radio transmitting apparatus operating during the interval of the measurement activity. Measurements included transmissions from mobile base stations, radio and TV broadcast, PMR and radars amongst other sources.
The nationwide EMF measurement campaign demonstrated that, the levels of EMF emissions in publicly accessible areas are very low (with a mean value less than 1%) when compared to the safe EMF reference levels currently in force.
The report presents the assessment of the EMF measurements. The full set of the real-time EMF measurement data is made available to the public as open data under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.