A coherent framework for non-ionising radiation protection

Rick Tinker, Jacques Abramowicz, Efthymios Karabetsos, Sigurour Magnusson, Rüdiger Matthes, Mirjana Moser, Shengli Niu, John O'Hagan, Emilie Van Deventer*

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A coherent and overarching framework for health protection from non-ionising radiation (NIR) does not currently exist. Instead, many governments maintain different compliance needs targeting only some NIR exposure situations. An international framework developed by the World Health Organization would promote a globally consistent approach for the protection of people from NIR. Designed based on decades of practical experience the framework provides guidance on establishing clear national health and safety objectives and how they should be achieved. It supports multisectoral action and engagement by providing a common language and systematic approach for managing NIR. The framework should allow governments to respond to policy challenges on how to achieve effective protection of people, especially in a world that is rapidly deploying new NIR technologies. In this paper the concepts and key features are presented that underpin the framework for NIR protection, including examples of implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number010501
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Radiological Protection
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: This project is supported by the World Health Organization. Funds were provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). In-kind contributions were provided by the institutions represented by the authors.

Open Access: Original content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence.

Publisher Copyright: © 2022 World Health Organization. Published by IOP Publishing Ltd.

Citation: Tinker, Rick, et al. "A coherent framework for non-ionising radiation protection." Journal of Radiological Protection 42.1 (2022): 010501.

DOI: 10.1088/1361-6498/ac3bc3


  • framework
  • non-ionising radiation
  • radiation protection


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