ICNIRP (the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) is a body of independent scientific experts who address the important issues of possible adverse effects on human health of exposure to non-ionising radiation. ICNIRP’s principal aim is to establish guidelines for limiting exposure that will provide protection against known adverse health effects, and to disseminate information and advice on the potential health hazards of exposure to non-ionising radiation to everyone with an interest in the subject.
ICNIRP’s information and advice covers all of the non-ionising radiations including, the optical radiations (ultraviolet, visible and infrared - and lasers), static and time-varying electric and magnetic fields and radiofrequency (including microwave) radiation, and ultrasound.
Much of the information that ICNIRP provides is published in the form of scientific reviews and reports and the proceedings of scientific meetings. The results of these reviews, combined with risk assessments carried out in collaboration with the World Health Organization, contribute to the published ICNIRP Exposure Guidelines.
In setting the guidelines, ICNIRP reviews the scientific evidence at a wide range of exposure levels, considering both thermal and non-thermal potential biological effects. It has identified the level of intensity below which RF energy is not known to cause adverse health effects of any kind and the exposure limits were set a long way below this threshold to provide a safety margin.
The guidelines also distinguish between occupational exposure and public exposure with the guidelines for the public being more stringent. This is because the public – a population including infants, elderly people and people who are ill – may be inadvertently exposed, whereas people who work with RF are trained in correct and safe use of the equipment.
In 2009 ICNIRP stated “It is the opinion of ICNIRP that present guidelines provide adequate protection against any adverse effect established so far”. Click here to go to the ICNIRP home page, here to go to ICNIRP’s publications page, or here to see ICNIRP's Statement on EMF Guidelines.
All the equipment supplied and used by THG member organisations complies fully with all the relevant international safety standards. These standards are set by independent expert bodies, and incorporate substantial margins of safety based on thorough and continuing reviews of the whole body of scientific evidence. THG member companies are committed to supporting further high quality independent research into the potential effects of radio frequency emissions on human beings.