The National Research Foundation (NRF) has taken over the role of WHO IAC country reporting and advisory body. The NRF is an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). Its mandate is to promote and support research through funding, human resource development, and the provision of National Research Facilities in the fields of natural, medical, social sciences, humanities, and technology. The NRF serves as the National body responsible for adhering to a number of international bodies regulations, including the International Science Council’s (ISC) requirements. Further details regarding the NRF can be accessed via the following link: https://www.nrf.ac.za/about-nrf.
Since 2015 the NRF has increased research efforts that have focused on developing science-based solutions to the effects of increased exposure to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. This includes non-native electromagnetic (EM) fields (EMF), infrared, optical, and ultraviolet photons. The NRF has distinguished itself in emerging research, and has vast interdisciplinary experience having coordinated input from multiple fields. The NRF is committed to strengthening the civic role and social responsibility of the higher education sector and promoting the fundamental role of science and research in development. Further, it seeks to support policy formation through developing and nurturing expertise across disciplines. The benefit of more rigorous and fact-based standards will assist in achieving transparent, effective, and accountable government in South Africa.
Report chaired and presented by:
Mr. James C. Lech
National Research Foundation
This report was commissioned by the WHO International EMF Project IAC-ZA and ISC. committee.