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Next ICES/TC95 Meeting June 11-13, 2015 Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey, California
TC-95: New Subcommittee 6 “EMF Dosimetry Modeling” Installed - Akimasa Hirata Will Be Chairman

Following a proposal by J. Patrick Reilly, the AdCom decided at their meeting in Pismo Beach/CA to establish a new subcommittee, SC 6 “EMF Dosimetry Modelling”. The goal of SC 6 will be the eventual resolution of uncertainties, and recommendation of analysis tools/data applicable to human exposure standards, in addition to follow and assess the recent literature on EMF dosimetry modeling both for nerve stimulation effects caused by EMF at frequencies below ~100 kHz and for heating effects caused by RF energy absorption at frequencies above ~100 kHz. SC-6 will coordinate closely with the other subcommittees, especially with SC 3 and SC 4, who are currently working on the update and merger of IEEE Std C95.1TM-2005 and IEEE-Std C95.6TM-2002 (Reaffirmed 2007) into a single standard.

The AdCom gratefully announces that Dr Akimasa Hirata, Associate Professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology and a leading expert in numerical modeling of EMF exposures, accepted our invitation to become chairman of SC-6. Dr Hirata is currently setting up the new SC structures and inviting members. Please contact Dr. Hirata ( if you are interested in participating in the activity of SC6.

John Patrick Reilly new AdCom member-at-large

John Patrick Reilly, retired from John Hopkins University in Baltimore/MD, was unanimously elected a new AdCom member-at-large at their meeting in Pismo Beach/CA. Pat Reilly is the world leading expert in the field of electrostimulation. He has made and continues to make substantial contributions to key parts of the IEEE C95.6 and C95.1 standards for about 20 years and has been referencing and promoting the C95 standards in numerous scientific papers and presentations at scientific congresses. Similarly, he continuously provides his expertise in the preparation of ICES comments and position papers on draft documents of external organizations such as ICNIRP or the FCC. Recently, he proposed to establish a new subcommittee devoted to numerical EMF Dosimetry modeling at low frequencies. We are grateful and happy that Pat Reilly agreed to provide his invaluable support at AdCom level.

TC-34: Wolfgang Kainz Stepped Down as TC-34 Chairman - Jafar Keshvari New Chairman

On Sep 15, FDA’s Wolfgang Kainz stepped down as ICES TC-34 chairman. Wolfgang led the Technical Committee for close to 10 years and contributed substantially to the revision of IEEE Std-1528TM-2013 on SAR measurements of mobile communication devices held next to the head. He also initiated the development of dual-logo (IEC/IEEE) standards on the use of numerical methods for SAR assessment and maintains close cooperation with IEC. The AdCom and the entire ICES membership are grateful to all his efforts and achievements. We wish Wolfgang Kainz good luck and much success for his current and future assignments.

Jafar Keshvari from Microsoft Corporation, who was elected AdCom member at the meeting in Pismo Beach/CA, was unanimously elected chairman of TC-34. Jafar is involved in IEEE and IEC standardization on SAR assessment of mobile communication devices, and has recently initiated and supported a number of important ICES activities, e.g. the close participation of ICES in recent WHO activities. We wish Jafar Keshvari a good and fruitful leadership of TC-34 standardization activities.

Get free IEEE C95™ STANDARDS: Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields

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IEEE C95.1™-2005
Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz

IEEE C95.1-2345™-2014
Military Workplaces--Force Health Protection Regarding Personnel Exposure to Electric, Magnetic, and Electromagnetic Fields, 0 Hz to 300 GHz

IEEE C95.3™-2002
Measurements and Computations of Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields with Respect to Human Exposure to Such Fields, 100 kHz-300 GHz

IEEE C95.3.1™-2010
Measurements and Computations of Electric, Magnetic, and Electromagnetic Fields with Respect to Human Exposure to Such Fields, 0 Hz to 100 kHz

IEEE C95.6™-2002 (R2007)
Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, 0-3 kHz

IEEE C95.7™-2014
Recommended Practice for Radio Frequency Safety Programs, 3 kHz to 300 GHz

IEEE Standard C95.1 on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field Safety: Considerations of Conservatism

The working document by John Bergeron and Ric Tell (IEEE Standard C95.1 on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field Safety: Considerations of Conservatism) is for open discussion. The purpose is to solicit comments for consideration by the drafting working group during the revision of IEEE C95.1TM-2005. Accepted comments/suggestions will be incorporated into the revision as appropriate and agreed by the committee. Please send your comments/suggestions to John Bergeron ( and Ric Tell (, and copy to Ron Peterson (

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Former ANSI and IEEE Committee Chairman Dr. Bill Guy passed away

Bill Guy Dr. Arthur William “Bill” Guy passed away on April 20, 2014 in Seattle, WA. Bill was born in Helena, MT, on December 10, 1928. From 1947 to 1950 he served in the U.S. Air Force as a radar technician, and he was called back to duty as a reservist in the Korean War from 1951 to 1952. On the GI Bill, he received B.S. (1955), M.S. (1957), and Ph.D. (1966) degrees, all in electrical engineering, from the University of Washington, Seattle. His Ph.D. research entailed a multi-month sojourn in the Antarctic, leading to the development, construction, and establishment of the electrical properties of a 33.5 km long dipole antenna buried at the surface of the 2.5 km thick ice cap near Byrd Station, Antarctica. In 1966, Dr. Guy joined the University of Washington faculty of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine where he served until he retired from the University in 1991. During that period, he became a Professor in the Center for Bioengineering, with a joint appointment as Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine and Adjunct Professor in Electrical Engineering. During his tenure, Dr. Guy was Director of the Bioelectromagnetics Research Laboratory and was involved in teaching and research in the area of biological effects and medical applications of electromagnetic energy.

Dr. Guy was a Fellow of the AAAS and the IEEE. He was a charter member and former President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and received the 1987 d’Arsonval award for his extraordinary accomplishment within the discipline of bioelectromagnetics. Dr. Guy chaired the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C95 Committee during development of the 1974 and 1982 ANSI C95.1 standards, which specify safety levels for human exposure radio-frequency fields. C95.1-1982 was the first standard to use SAR as a dosimetric quantity, resulting in frequency dependent exposure values. As a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), Dr Guy Chaired Scientific Committee 53 that developed NCRP Report 86, “Biological Effects and Exposure Criteria for Radiofrequency and Electromagnetic Fields.” Dr. Guy also contributed to NCRP Report 67, Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields—Properties, Quantities and Units, Biophysical Interactions and Measurements,” which provided a perspective for quantitatively relating a biological effect to a particular exposure. Here he successfully instilled rigor into the definitions of fundamental quantities and units for nonionizing radiation. He also served on many other governmental groups and committees on biological effects and exposure standards for nonionizing radiation, including the IEEE/ICES (International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety) and IEEE/COMAR (Committee on Man and Radiation) which are important in creating rational safety standards and educating the public thereon. Dr. Guy was on the editorial boards of the Journal of Microwave Power and IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. He held memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma XI. He published 171 papers in the scientific literature. After retiring from the University, he continued to work as the principal of BioEM Consulting through 2005.

More detailed obituary can be found at

Comments submitted to the FCC

ICES has submitted comments and reply comments concerning Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI) issued by the Federal Communications Commission (Proceedings 13-84 and 03-137).

Comments can be found here
Reply comments are available here

COMAR Technical Information Statement on Smart Meters

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society’s Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) has posted a technical information statement to address public concerns about the RF EMF exposure from smart meters. The statement concludes that “The RF exposure levels from Smart Meters are far below U.S. and major international limits. Such exposures are typically below levels of RF exposure from a multitude of RF emitting appliances found in modern homes”.
To read the full technical statement please click here.

In memoriam Eleanor Adair It is with great sadness that ICES reports the death of Dr. Eleanor Reed Adair on 20 April 2013. Ellie was one of the founders and greatest contributors to ICES and to the whole field of bioelectromagnetics. Expressions of condolence and personal memories of your time with Ellie may be sent to her daughter, Maggie Quinn at or Margaret Adair Quinn, 335 Litchfield Turnpike, Bethany CT 06524.