ICNIRP Elects New Scientific Secretary

The International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has elected Dr. Gunde Ziegelberger of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, the Bundesamt für Strahlenscuhtz (BfS), as the Commission’s new Scientific Secretary. She replaces Rüdiger Matthes, who became a commission member. A biologist, Ziegelberger’s background includes work as a senior research assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute in Munich. She joined the BfS in 2002, where she now works on nonionizing radiation protection.

Also, ICNIRP recently announced its four Standing Committees (SC)—Epidemiology, Biology, Physics / Engineering and Optical Radiation—for 2004–2008. Members carry out the Commission’s work program, prepare statements and reviews, draft documents and provide advice on specific questions. They often give lectures at ICNIRP seminars and workshops, as well.

As before, the chair of SCI is Anders Ahlbom of the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. E-mail: anders.ahlbom@imm.ki.se Other Epidemiology SCI members are Anthony J. Swerdlow, Institute of Cancer Research, UK; Leeka Kheifets, University of California-Los Angeles, USA; Adèle Green, The Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia, and David A. Savitz, University of North, Carolina, USA.

Chair of ICNIRP’s SCII, Biology, is Larry Anderson of Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, USA. E-mail: larry.anderson@pnl.gov Other SCII members are Bernard Veyret, ENS de Chimie et de Physique, Bordeaux, France; Jukka Juutilainen, University of Kuopio, Finland; Rick Saunders, NRPB, UK; René de Seze, INERIS, France; Tom Tenforde, NCRP, USA; Luc Verschaeve, Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek, Belgium, and Zhengping Xu, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China.

Chairman of ICNIRP’s SC III for Physics / Engineering is Rüdiger Matthes, Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Germany. E-mail: r.matthes@icnirp.org Other members are James Lin, University of Illinois-Chicago, USA; Stuart Allen, NRPB, UK; Howard Bassen, US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, USA; Kari Jokela, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Finland; Patrick Mason, US Air Force Research Laboraory, USA; Colin Roy, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, Australia, and Soichi Watanabe, National Institute of Information & Communications Technology, Japan.

In other recent activities, ICNIRP has outlined a new Statement on EMF-emitting Technologies, intended for release in 2005. Some workshops are planned during coming year, as well, with details to be announced later. ICNIRP also published a new statement on theft-prevention Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems, to address possible adverse effects from exposure to pulsed and continuous wave electromagnetic fields from such devices. It is available for free download on the Web site, www.icnirp.de/activities.htm

ICNIRP Scientific Secretary Gunde Ziegelberger can be reached at e-g.ziegelberger@icnirp.org