IGNIR EMF guidelines are the latest set of reference levels based on a peer-reviewed scientific research on EMF and provides the strictest protection from electrosmog. It is widely used across the EMF consulting community and many professional EMF specialists refer to it. This EMF standard is not used for occupational compliance testing, it is designed to offer a long term EMF exposure protection in general public and residential areas.
IGNIR guidelines are for long-term exposures and based on all known biological effects. They are therefore much more protective than outdated short-term guidelines, such as those issued by the ICNIRP and FCC, which are based only on heating and acute effects. Thermal short-term safety guidelines for high or radio frequency (HF, RF) are averaged over 6 or 30 minutes and based on a temperature rise of one degree; for low or extremely low frequency (LF, ELF), they are based on induced internal electric fields, acute nerve stimulation, perceptible electric charges on the skin surface and the induction of retinal phosphenes. These ICNIRP and FCC HF and LF guidelines are not designed to protect against long-term and non-thermal effects. Long-term and non-thermal effects are now accepted by the majority of scientists as proven beyond reasonable doubt from the evidence of thousands of scientific studies. IGNIR has developed a set of Guidelines for electromagnetic exposure based on the peer-reviewed EUROPAEM EMF Guidelines 2016.
These EMF guidelines have the most universal application. They consider both day and night time exposure as well as values recommended for individuals with increased sensitivity to EMFs. Their recommendation goes largely in line with the Building Biology Precautionary guidelines for sleeping areas.