The guidelines that are followed in Ireland are set by ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection), a small private invitation-only organisation based in Germany. The guidelines were originally set in 1998 but are  deeply flawed and obsolete.

ICNIRP guidelines cover thermal heating for short term, acute exposures only ie, burning, heatstroke, or shocks at 6 minutes or 30 minutes exposure.

Decades of research and evidence shows, however, that biological non-thermal effects  occur with exposure to radiation, and at levels thousands of time lower than ICNIRP guideline levels. So-called “safety standards” do exist for radio frequency (RF/EMF) radiation emissions, but these guidelines  are based purely on thermal heating effects, and benefit the industry only.

In March 2020, ICNIRP released updated guidelines, which still fail to protect.

” The guidelines fail to protect us from non-thermal effects, especially from long-term exposure to wireless radiation because ICNIRP continues to dismiss the many hundreds of peer-reviewed studies that have found biologic and health effects from exposure to low-intensity, radio frequency radiation including many human as well as animal studies. The  preponderance of the research has found evidence of increased cancer incidence, oxidative stress, DNA damage, and infertility from exposure to wireless radiation.”  Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D. 

Aspects on the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) 2020 Guidelines on Radiofrequency Radiation Lennart Hardell, Mona Nilsson, Tarmo Koppel, Michael Carlberg

The Lies Must Stop – Disband ICNIRP – Facts Matter, Now More Than Ever  https://microwavenews.com/news-center/time-clean-house

See Also : Scientists Counter ICNIRP’s Guidelines on 5G, Cell Phone and Wireless Radiation Exposures

5G is testing the limits of trustDariusz Leszczynski on 5G & Health and ICNIRP’s role

However, some countries and regions, eg Russia, Switzerland, Brussels, do not allow the extremely high levels of radiation promoted by ICNIRP.

Paolo Vecchia, Chairman for ICNIRP (2004-2012) presented at the RRT conference in 2008.  In his presentation, he made it very clear that: “the ICNIRP guidelines are neither mandatory prescriptions for safety, the “last word” on the issue nor are they defensive walls for Industry or others.”  This statement makes it clear that the decision to adopt these guidelines into national legislation as “sufficient to protect public health” is political. https://www.radiationresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/021145_vecchia.pdf (pg16)


ICNIRP is a private organisation  based in Germany. New expert members can only be elected by members of ICNIRP. Many of ICNIRP members have ties to the industry that is dependent on the ICNIRP guidelines. The guidelines are of huge economic and strategic importance to the military, telecom/IT and power industry.

“ICNIRP is a particularly influential group, as it not only evaluates radiation and health risk research, but also provides guidelines for radiation safety limits that most countries use. It is a private, German-registered organisation located outside Munich, behind a yellow door on the premises of the German Federal office for radiation protection. Decisions on who to invite in, are taken by ICNIRP itself.”  https://www.investigate-europe.eu/publications/how-much-is-safe/

2022 Paper: Self-referencing authorships behind the ICNIRP 2020 radiation protection guidelines, Else K. Nordhagen and Einar Flydal https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/reveh-2022-0037/html

Dr. Sarah Starkey: Official advice on radiofrequency radiation, risk assessment and adverse effects. November 2018 – ICNIRP, AGNIR, PHE UK – Conflicts of Interest

“The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection: Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Capture and the Push for 5G.”  https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/ICNIRP-report-FINAL-JUNE-2020.pdf

Submission to Irish Government on ICNIRP Guidelines – Dec 2021https://es-ireland.com/2021/12/16/december-2021-ecsubmission-to-irish-government-on-icnirp-guidelines/

Ireland for Safe Technology Who are ICNIRP? – Digging Deep into ICNIRP

The “ICNIRP Cartel” and “The 5G Mass Experiment” https://www.saferemr.com/2018/07/icnirps-exposure-guidelines

Conflict of Interest: the Wireless Industry and ICNIRP – Dr Magda Havas https://magdahavas.com/electrosmog-exposure/microwave-radiation-electrosmog-exposure/conflict-of-interest-the-wireless-industry-and-icnirp/

Weaknesses in ICNIRP’s rationale for its 1998 guidelines & Uncertainties over ICNIRP’s membership and aims – WiredChild

How ICNIRP, AGNIR, PHE and a 30 year old political decision created and then covered up a global public health scandal https://communityoperatingsystem.wordpress.com/2019/09/12

World Health Organization, radiofrequency radiation and health – a hard nut to crack – Lennart Hardell https://www.spandidos-publications.com/10.3892/ijo.2017.4046

Russian National Committee On Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection – 2017 – Letter to World Health Organisation on biased ICNIRP International EMF Project

Scientific evidence invalidates health assumptions underlying the FCC and ICNIRP exposure limit determinations for radiofrequency radiation: implications for 5G:

World Health Organisation. Setting the Standard for a Wireless World of Harm – Olga Sheean 2017