Saturday, 23 July 2016
MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS HEALTH AND SAFETY NEWS

Australian experts elected to international radiation standards setting body


ICNIRPTwo Australian scientists have been chosen to provide independent expert advice on the international safety guidelines to protect people from exposure to non-ionizing radiation from sources like mobile phones and Wi-Fi routers.

 
Professor Andrew Wood from Swinburne University and Dr Sarah Loughran from the University of Wollongong have been elected as members of the International Commission on Non Ionising Radiation Protection’s (ICNIRP) Scientific Expert Group (SEG), ICNIRP Chairman Rüdiger Matthes told delegates at an ITU International Workshop on EMF in May 2013.
 
The two researchers join a long list of Australians currently serving the independent organisation including Professor Rodney Croft from the University of Wollongong and Dr Adele Green from the University of Queensland who form part of ICNIRP’s 12 member Main Commission. ICNIRP’s Chairman Emeritus Dr Michael Repacholi is also Australian.
 
The exposure guidelines developed by ICNIRP are recommended as the basis for national safety limits by the World Health Organization (WHO) and consequently more than 100 countries currently use the ICNIRP limits as the basis of national safety standards for mobile devices and mobile phone networks, including Australia.
 
ICNIRP’s new expert group will form part of the organisation’s new structure which has replaced the old standing committees and consulting experts in the areas of epidemiology, biology, optical radiation, physics and engineering, with a pool of independent international experts which can be called upon to provide independent expertise.
 
“SEG members are a very valuable support to ICNIRP as they are bringing in their specific expertise and consolidating considerably ICNIRP’s work power,” ICNIRP said in an online statement.
                       
“SEG members are in turn receiving in-depth knowledge on ICNIRP’s work practice and an opportunity to contribute to the development of science based NIR [non-ionizing radiation] protection guidance.”
 
“ICNIRP is continuously looking at broadening its expertise base and extending external participation in the work process.”
 
“This organisational structure replaces Standing Committees and Consulting Experts ICNIRP was working with so far.”
 
ICNIRP has announced that they will review their exposure guidelines following the publication of the WHO’s Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) expected to be delivered by the end of 2014.
 

For more information about the WHO EHC timeline visit EMFexplained.

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