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Work plan

ICNIRP develops its work plan at the beginning of the term of office by establishing the priorities and tasks. Project Groups are then set up to fulfill the work plan tasks. The work plan 2020-2024 will be prepared as of May 2020.
Short Wave and Circadian Rhythm
Statement on short wavelength light and circadian rhythm.
The Statement on Short Wavelength Light and Circadian Rhythm prepared by the Project Group and finlized by the Commission is now in print at Health Physics and expected to be published at the beginnnig of 2024.

Project Group
Research Agenda: Knowledge Gaps
Statement on knowledge gaps identified during guidelines’ development (research agenda).
The task consists of identifying knowledge gaps relevant for giving protection guidance and drafting a research agenda for the whole NIR spectrum based on those gaps identified during guidelines development. A Project Group associated with the LF Guidelines produced a statement in 2020. A Project Group associated with the RF Guidelines is currently developping a draft.

Project Group

Laser Pointers
Revision of ICNIRP Statement on Laser Pointers
Revision of the ICNIRP Statement on Laser Pointers. Currently on hold.

Project Group


Chronic UV Exposure
Statement on long-term effects of chronic UV exposure 
A Project Group was established to review current evidence for long-term effects of chronic UV exposure and update guidance. After an exploratory phase, the task is expected to start in 2022.

Project Group


Environment and EMFs
Statement on Environmental EMF Protection
A Project Group was established to draft a Statement on environmental EMF protection on the basis of scientific papers of sufficient quality. And, if possible, to analyse whether the current human exposure guidelines are also sufficiently protective for plants and animals in their natural environment. After an exploratory phase, the task is expected to start in 2022.

Project Group

Laser Guidelines
Revision of the Guidelines on Exposure to Laser Radiation (Health Phys 105(3):271-295:2013)
Revision of the ICNIRP Laser Guidelines (Health Phys 105(3):271-295:2013). Currently on hold.

Project Group

Dosimetry of Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields
LF Dosimetry Review 
A Project Group was established to review dosimetry studies, which are related to LF guidelines (typically < 10 MHz). After an exploratory phase, the task is expected to start in 2022.

Project Group
Relative Spectral Effectiveness
Statement on the validity of the relative spectral effectiveness factor at short wavelengths
A Project Group is to be established to review relevant evidence and update advice on the values of the relative spectral effectiveness factor at short wavelengths.

Project Group
Ultrasound Scoping
Validity of the INIRC 1984 Ultrasound Guidelines
A Project Group was established to investigate the data on ultrasound exposure and prepare a recommendation on the development of exposure guidelines. The Statement is now finalized and in print at Health Physics for publication at the beginning of 2024.  

Project Group


Low frequency EMF (≤10 MHz)
Guidelines on exposure to low frequency EMF (≤10 MHz)
A Project Group was established to develop updated low frequency EMF guidelines (≤10 MHz).

Project Group

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