Ultraviolet radiation (UV)

Workshop on Review of the UV Index

Cancer Council Victoria
Melbourne, Australia, 7 December 2015

Workshop background information

A workshop on reviewing the UV Index (UVI) was held in Melbourne, Australia, 7 December 2015, as a side-event to the 3rd International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention. The workshop was organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), Cancer Council Victoria, and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

The aim of the workshop was to provide a forum to critically review the current public health guidance provided by the Global Solar UV Index, and to discuss the benefits and deficiencies of the current UV Index.

The main objectives of the workshop were:

  • To review the evidence around the UV Index of 3 as the cut-off when sun protection is required;
  • To evaluate the efficacy of sun protective measures as currently recommended by WHO, and
  • To share experience in implementing the UV Index around the world;
  • To explore the impact of the UV Index to motivate behaviour change.


The workshop "Review of the UV Index" was hosted by the Cancer Council Victoria, and support was provided by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

Workshop co-organizers