• BNPC

        In recent years, the World Health Organization (WHO) places the risk of exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) as one of the main priorities in the field of public health. Since the launch of the International project "Biological effect of static and time-varying electric and magnetic fields" in 1996 up to the moment more than 60 countries around the world have been involved in the risk assessment process; dozens of conferences, workshops, trainings and meetings of scientists and experts have been conducted; funds of the European Union have been directed to investigation of the harmful effects of EMR on humans; numerous monographs, reviews, brochures, fact sheets have been issued. Bulgaria is an active participant in this process through annual participation in scientific meetings and discussions, organizing international scientific conferences locally and in other countries, publishing of WHO fact sheet and brochures in Bulgarian language, as well as the scientific results of various international and national projects.
        Bulgarian National Program Committee (BNPC) was established by an order of the Minister of Health as a basis for conducting the WHO policy in the field of risk assessment of the effects of non-ionizing radiation (NIR) on human health (electromagnetic, optical, laser radiation), and the implementation of European legislation in the field of the protection of workers and general public.
        Over the years BNPC is the basis for collection of different opinions in the field of electromagnetic radiation sources and there effect on people around the general principles of health and safety policy set by the WHO and the European Commission. This structure has worked in direction on possible joint discussion between scientists, administration, industry, NGOs, municipalities, population, and other groups of interests and individuals in the field of public health associated with exposure to EMR from sources as power lines and transformers in dwellings, communication systems, wireless technologies, household electrical appliances, new medical technologies with application of electromagnetic fields, UV radiation, lasers, etc.
        At present stage, BNPK coordinates and supports the activities of research teams, industry, public authorities, businesses, NGOs, citizens, etc. at expert level in the following main areas:
        - Measurement, exposure and risk assessment of electromagnetic radiation on workers and general public;
        - Studying the electromagnetic radiation effects;
        - Conducting epidemiological studies and risk assessment;
        - Development and implementation of risk communication and risk management programs for the general public;
        - Participating in the harmonization process of national legislation with the EU requirements in the field of NIR protection: electromagnetic fields, optical radiation, lasers, solariums, etc.;
        - Implementing and Conducting Policy for the safe introducing of new technologies in medicine, communications, information services, etc.;
        - Development of databases for sources of radiation, as well as collecting information on national and regional level;
        - Publishing and distribution of brochures for the general public, industry, local authorities, etc.;
        - Participation in international surveys and studies in the field of non-ionizing radiation with other Member states;
        - Carrying out training and provision of educational and training programs for students, professionals, industry, medicine, health control, etc.;
        - Supporting activities of the occupational health services in the field of prophylaxis of electromagnetic radiation effects on workers;
        - Organization of national and local scientific meetings, workshops, discussions on various "hot" issues in the field of non-ionizing radiation.

        BNPC coordinates research in the field of exposure and risk assessment of non-ionizing radiation (electromagnetic fields, optical, laser radiation) in different frequency ranges and its application all over the country; assists researchers with updated information on the problem and co-operate the WHO, ILO, EU and other international organizations for the implementation of policy to ensure health at workplace and in environment.

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