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ICNIRP maintains strong collaboration ties with a number of international and national non-commercial organizations with interests in non-ionizing radiation protection. Those include the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Meteorological Organization and the European Commission. ICNIRP also collaborates with national radiation protection offices, either regularly such as with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), or on ad hoc projects such as with the Radio-Protection Division of Public Health England.

World Health Organization
Official Collaboration

ICNIRP is a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) of the World Health Organization. This formal status follows a regular screening by the Civil Society Unit of WHO based on the fulfillment of scientific and governance criteria.

In the past twenty years very fruitful collaborative projects were carried out. The main areas of collaboration are through the EMF project and the Intersun program. Within the EMF Project, the main activities are the preparation of the ICNIRP reviews and the development of the WHO Environmental Health Criteria monographs (EHC), which are co-edited. For the Intersun program the main outputs are the EHC on UV and the development of the Global UV Index. Additionally, ICNIRP and WHO co-organize many Joint Workshops that provide an opportunity for scientists and regulators around the world to discuss current issues in NIR protection and expand their scientific knowledge base.


International Labour Organization
Official Collaboration

ICNIRP is on the ILO Special List of Non Governmental Organizations (NGO). This formal status follows a regular screening by ILO based on the ICNIRP activity reports.

ICNIRP and ILO collaborate on occupational safety issues, given the specific workers' related mandate of ILO. The main outputs of the collaboration are the Practical Guides that are prepared either as part of contractual works or in co-edition. Most recent examples of this collaboration concern UV radiation protection and the development of a Guide on Protecting Workers from UV Radiation. From time to time ICNIRP and ILO jointly organize workshops as they provide an excellent learning and discussion platform for occupational safety officers, scientists and regulators around the world and contribute to the advancement of safe work conditions.


International Radiation Protection Association
Official Collaboration

IRPA and ICNIRP are linked by historical ties now relayed by an institutional partnership on the basis of the ICNIRP Charter and Statutes.

ICNIRP’s beginnings go back to 1973 when, during the 3rd International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), for the first time, a session on non-ionizing radiation protection was organized.  In 1977 the International Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee (INIRC) was created. This Committee was the immediate forerunner of ICNIRP that was chartered as an independent Commission in 1992 during the IRPA 7th International Congress.

As per its Charter and Statutes, ICNIRP and the IRPA Executive Council maintain a close working relationship. Every four years on the occasion of the IRPA Congress, ICNIRP reports to IRPA on its activities and recommendations. Prior to publication of new recommendations, ICNIRP informs IRPA and its associated national radiation protection societies and specifically sends them a call for participation in the public consultation. IRPA and its societies also receive calls for nominations prior to the regular ICNIRP membership elections. Finally, IRPA supports ICNIRP though an annual grant. Also ICNIRP and IRPA consult on the NIR Sessions of each IRPA Congress and on an ad hoc basis they organize joint workshops.

European Commission
Contractual Partnership

The European Commission and ICNIRP collaboration over the year relies on annual or specific contracts, such as the Concerted Action within FP5 - Life Quality, Key action Environment and Heath. ICNIRP also takes part in consultation together with other stakeholders on the development of directives and liaise upon request with different EC entities, such as the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). Support to ICNIRP is provided by the European Commission through its Directorate General Health and Safety at Work as part of an EC grant agreement, as laid down in the ICNIRP reports.

National Radiation Protection Bodies
Annual and Ad Hoc Collaborations

To fulfill its mission ICNIRP liaises with numerous national radiation protection bodies on the basis of a common interest for general or specific issues on NIR protection. The main collaborative activity relates to the organization of joint meetings and workshops to advance and propagate scientific knowledge on current NIR protection issues.

National radiation protection bodies also often provide considerable financial support to ICNIRP. This is gratefully acknowledged, as ICNIRP's independence relies on funding free of commercial interests.

Some of the collaborators of ICNIRP over the last 10 years were:
Annual Reports

Other Radiation Protection Bodies
Ad Hoc Collaborations

To fulfill its mission ICNIRP liaises with numerous radiation protection bodies on the basis of a common interest for general or specific issues in NIR protection. The main collaborative activity relates to the organization of joint meetings and workshops to advance and propagate scientific knowledge on current NIR protection issues. 

Some of the collaborators of ICNIRP are:
Annual Reports
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