Areas of Work

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Current Programme of work

The Committee's programme of work is endorsed by the General Assembly, and extends typically over a 4-5 year period. The secretariat collates relevant data submitted by UN Member States, international organizations and non-governmental organizations, and engages specialists to analyse those data, to study relevant scientific literature and produce scientific evaluations.

The Committee is carrying out the following evaluations:

  • Second primary cancer after radiotherapy (initiated in 2019 with planned completion in 2024);
  • Public exposure to ionizing radiation (initiated in 2020 with planned completion in 2024);  
  • Epidemiological studies of radiation and cancer (initiated in 2019 with planned completion in 2025);
  • Diseases of the circulatory system from radiation exposure (initiated in 2021 with planned completion in 2025);
  • Diseases of the nervous system (initiated in 2022 with planned completion in 2027).

According to the programme of work for 2020-2024, the following evaluations are planned:

  • Eye lens opacities (to be launched in 2023);
  • Radiation effects on the immune system (to be launched in 2024);
  • Non-cancer effects from ionizing radiation (to be launched in 2024).

Completed Evaluations by topic

The Fukushima Daiichi Accident

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Upload of other topical areas is in progress

Answers to questions about radiation