Areas of Work

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 2023);
  • Public exposure to ionizing radiation from natural and other sources (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).

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

  • Diseases of the nervous system (to be launched in 2022);
  • 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 Chernobyl Accident

The Fukushima Daiichi Accident

Upload of other topical areas is in progress

Answers to questions about radiation