Publications by Eric van Rongen, Chairman of ICNIRP (updated)

Correction added in response to the comment from Eric van Rongen. See at the bottom…

Mona Nilsson pointed out that Eric van Rongen has not published original research on EMF. Indeed, the objective fact is that the majority of Eric van Rongen’s publications are reviews or opinions, but not original research studies. For those unfamiliar, before becoming Chairman of the ICNIRP, Eric van Rongen worked for some time for the WHO EMF Project (on a “loan” from the TNO).

PubMed database lists only 12 articles by Eric van Rongen (Pubmed search for “eric van rongen“) and here is the list:

  1. Supporting non-experts in judging the credibility of risk assessments (CORA). Wiedemann PM, Boerner F, Dürrenberger G, Estenberg J, Kandel S, van Rongen E, Vogel E.Sci Total Environ. 2013 Oct 1;463-464:624-30. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.06.034. Epub 2013 Jul 6.
  1. WHO research agenda for radiofrequency fields. van Deventer E, van Rongen E, Saunders R.Bioelectromagnetics. 2011 Jul;32(5):417-21. doi: 10.1002/bem.20660. Epub 2011 Mar 14.
  1. Exposure classification of MRI workers in epidemiological studies.Hansson Mild K, Hand J, Hietanen M, Gowland P, Karpowicz J, Keevil S, Lagroye I, van Rongen E, Scarfi MR, Wilén J.Bioelectromagnetics. 2013 Jan;34(1):81-4. doi: 10.1002/bem.21728. Epub 2012 Apr 24.
  1. Do people with idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields display physiological effects when exposed to electromagnetic fields? A systematic review of provocation studies. Rubin GJ, Hillert L, Nieto-Hernandez R, van Rongen E, Oftedal G.Bioelectromagnetics. 2011 Dec;32(8):593-609. doi: 10.1002/bem.20690. Epub 2011 Jul 18. Review.
  1. Health Council of The Netherlands: no need to change from SAR to time-temperature relation in electromagnetic fields exposure limits. van Rhoon GC, Aleman A, Kelfkens G, Kromhout H, Van Leeuwen FE, Savelkoul HF, Wadman WJ, Van De Weerdt RD, Zwamborn AP, Van Rongen E; Electromagnetic Fields Committee Of The Health Council Of The Netherlands.Int J Hyperthermia. 2011;27(4):399-404. doi: 10.3109/02656736.2010.534528.
  1. Effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields on the human nervous system. van Rongen E, Croft R, Juutilainen J, Lagroye I, Miyakoshi J, Saunders R, de Seze R, Tenforde T, Verschaeve L, Veyret B, Xu Z.J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev. 2009 Oct;12(8):572-97. doi: 10.1080/10937400903458940. Review.
  1. Rapporteur’s report on Session 3: Biology and mechanisms. van Rongen E. Prog Biophys Mol Biol. 2011 Dec;107(3):408-11. doi: 10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2011.09.015. Epub 2011 Sep 22. No abstract available.
  1. A Closer Look at the Thresholds of Thermal Damage: Workshop Report by an ICNIRP Task Group. Sienkiewicz Z, van Rongen E, Croft R, Ziegelberger G, Veyret B. Health Phys. 2016 Sep;111(3):300-6. doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000539.
  1. Mobile phones and children: is precaution warranted? van Rongen E, Roubos EW, van Aernsbergen LM, Brussaard G, Havenaar J, Koops FB, van Leeuwen FE, Leonhard HK, van Rhoon GC, Swaen GM, van de Weerdt RH, Zwamborn AP. Bioelectromagnetics. 2004 Feb;25(2):142-4.
  1. Static fields: biological effects and mechanisms relevant to exposure limits. van Rongen E, Saunders RD, van Deventer ET, Repacholi MH. Health Phys. 2007 Jun;92(6):584-90.
  1. COMAR technical information statement: expert reviews on potential health effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and comments on the bioinitiative report. Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR). Health Phys. 2009 Oct;97(4):348-56. doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3181adcb94
  1. International workshop “effects of static magnetic fields relevant to human health” Rapporteurs report: dosimetry and volunteer studies. van Rongen E. Prog Biophys Mol Biol. 2005 Feb-Apr;87(2-3):329-33. No abstract available.

Correction/revision in response to comment from Eric van Rongen

My search of Pubmed database, shown above, was for “eric van rongen” and it yielded 12 results.
Search for “van rongen, eric” shows also 12 results.
Search for “van rongen e” shows 40 results (Eric van Rongen claims 35 results for such search. Discrepancy might be because there are various names starting with E letter, not only Eric).

However, no matter what search was performed, there is no original research studies published by Eric van Rongen on the EMF subject. Other studies on the list of 35 are on other, non-EMF subjects. Summa summarum, the presented above list of 12 studies are nearly all of the published EMF articles.

Whether this record of publications on EMF can be considered as sufficient in-depth expertise for the Chairman of the ICNIRP, an organization setting recommendations for the human safety limits that WHO recommends to the whole world, is up to others to decide.

ICNIRP itself, the “private club” without any physician among them (even though they are dealing with human health issues), clearly decided that the record of publications is sufficient, hence, Eric van Rongen is the Chairman of the ICNIRP.



10 thoughts on “Publications by Eric van Rongen, Chairman of ICNIRP (updated)

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  3. Was searching on google for a copyright-free photo of Eric van Rongen and was surprisingly finding this page. See that you have searched in 2018 for exactly the same as I did in March, this year, 2019, on PubMed. Though I have sent all what I found to those who should be interested, also Dutch newspapers, nobody reacts.
    I am not a scientist, but if I can understand with my excellent logic of my 100% developed and fully awake and aware common sense that Eric van Rongen, and the other ICNIRP commissioners are not capable to create rules for something that has the highest priority on this moment, to avoid a world catastrophe of no return, genocides, and in the less worse case, lots of mental and phsycial illnesses, WHY all who should hear the alarm bells sounding, do not hear anything? Is their mind already sick, affected by radiation? It must be. I cannot find any other reason.

    Going to tweet this article, and add it to my collection about ICNIRP on my blog.
    It would be so excellent, if there would bean archive on this blog, a kind of an index page, with the titles of posts, eventually categorized.

  4. Tom, nobody questioned that Eric published research. He did publish, just not the original research on EMF… That was what Mona brought up in her comment… Some may consider it as “problematic” for the Chairman of ICNIRP and for the lead scientist on drafting Environmental Health Criteria for RF-EMF…

  5. @Eric van Rongen, fact remains that you are part of a closed group that publishes a minority report on effects of NIR. That you’re working with WHO EMF project, run by an electrical engineer with no medical or biological credentials, to produce an EHC based on said minority report, reflects rather poorly on your own credibility.

  6. My search of Pubmed database was for “eric van rongen” and it yielded 12 results.
    Search for “van rongen, eric” shows also 12 results.
    Search for “van rongen e” shows 40 results.
    However, as you confirmed, there is no original research studies published by Eric van Rongen on the EMF.

  7. Please check you facts: there are 35 publications in PubMed for Van Rongen E (but no original studies on NIR, that is true). I was part-time seconded to the WHO EMF Project by the Health Council, to assist in the development of the WHO ELF EHC. I worked with TNO (in experimental radiotherapy) before joining the Health Council scientific secretariat in 1992 to work on NIR reports.

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