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Vodafone Portugal obtains accreditation for its Electromagnetic Field Testing Laboratory

Vodafone Portugal, with its Electromagnetic Field Testing Laboratory, has become the first Portuguese company to be accredited by the Portuguese Accreditation Institute (IPAC) under the regulations defining the measurement procedures established by the National Communications Authority (ICP – Anacom).

With this accreditation the Portuguese government recognises that Vodafone Portugal’s Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Testing Laboratory has the technical competence to carry out these tests, namely the electromagnetic conformity assessment of mobile communications antennas, including the assessment of public exposure and interference with household, industrial and hospital equipment, thereby instilling a high degree of confidence in its stakeholders.

Vodafone Portugal’s EMF Testing Laboratory is committed to adopting the best practices with regard to the electromagnetic conformity assessment of its base stations, which are core elements of any mobile communications network. Its accreditation by IPAC was granted in accordance with standard NP EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for carrying out tests in accordance with Regulation No. 86 of 22 May 2007, which defines the electromagnetic field measurement procedures established by ICP-Anacom.

This accreditation represents external, independent recognition of Vodafone Portugal’s excellent practices in the assessment of electromagnetic conformity and its commitment to this area in its Social Responsibility programme.

A cooperation protocol has also been signed with ICP-Anacom to develop joint activities in the area of EMFs which will involve inter-laboratory exchanges of knowledge and tests, comparison of results and the implementation of activities to improve the proficiency, expertise and specialisation of the Laboratory.