Apple said on Wednesday that its iPhone 12 models have been certified by multiple international agencies as compliant with global radiation standards, after French regulators ordered it to stop selling the phone because it violated European radiation limits.

ANFR Radiation watchdog told Apple on Tuesday to stop selling the iPhone 12 in France after tests showed the phone’s specific absorption rate (SAR) – a measure of the rate at which the human body absorbs radiofrequency energy from a device – was lower than normal. higher than legally permitted.

ANFR said it will send agents to Apple stores and other resellers to check whether the model is no longer for sale.

The company said it expected Apple to “use all available means to stop the violations,” and failure to take action would result in the recall of iPhone 12 units sold to consumers.

Apple said it has provided ANFR with results from multiple Apple and independent third-party laboratories demonstrating compliance with all applicable SAR regulations and standards around the world.

The company said it is contesting AFNR’s review findings and will continue to work with the agency to demonstrate compliance.

The AFNR said that in tests conducted by accredited laboratories that simulated holding a cell phone in the hand or in a pants pocket, the human body absorbed 5.74 watts of electromagnetic energy per kilogram. The European standard is a specific absorption rate of 4.0 W/kg.

ANFR added that tests showed that the phone complied with so-called body SAR standards when it was placed in a jacket pocket or bag.

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