Guidelines produced by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, or ICNIRP for short, form the basis of the EU’s EMF Directive 2013/35/EU.
Here, we present an introduction to ICNIRP.
NEWSICNIRP and the EMF Directive 2013/35/EU
ICNIRP Guidelines & The EMF Directive
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) is a private non-profit organization established in Germany with the aim of promoting the improved protection of humans and the environment from non-ionizing radiation. It claims to develop independent scientific criteria for protection. The ICNIRP comprises a Main Commission composed of 13 members from 10 countries including 7 EU Member States.The Commission’s members are elected by the Commission itself on proposals from the national member organizations of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) and the members of the outgoing Commission. According to its website, the members receive no payment for their ICNIRP duties and cannot be employed by industry.Additionally significant, the ICNIRP refuses to enter into contracts with industry. In 1998, the ICNIRP published recommendations covering for the first time the entire frequency range up to 300 GHz, referred to by the Council Recommendation on the limitation of exposure of the general public (1999/519) and on which the EMF Directive on the exposure of workers (2004/40) was also based (the later ICNIRP 2010 guidelines provided Exposure Limit Values and Action Levels for low frequency fields, incorporated in the 2013/35/EU version of the EMF Directive).These recommendations proposed different values for the public and workers. In establishing exposure limits, the ICNIRP applies safety factors to take account of scientific uncertainties but not the ALARA principle. The implication is that it sees no scientific basis for considering that electromagnetic fields have long-term effects.Dr Richard FindlayEMF Specialist & Director of EMFcomp Limited
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