In 2016, the EURADOS working group 12 started a project to gather reliable data concerning the behavior of active personal dosemeters (APDs) used by European hospitals in standardized pulsed and hospital fields. This paper concentrates on the tests that deal with the dose rate dependence of APDs in laboratory tests. The dependence on the dose rate was determined for 10 dosemeter types with continuous radiation of a 60Co source and pulsed radiation of the reference radiation facility of Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt. Furthermore, irradiations were done with continuous radiation of a 137Cs source of the Karlsruher Institute of Technology and with continuous X-rays of the two radiation qualites in radiation beams emerging from the X-ray source assembly, RQR5 and RQR8, of Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine. For the first time, APDs have been systematically investigated under laboratory conditions in a pulsed reference fields according to ISO/TS 18090-1 and the experience gained by these test procedures will be included in the new IEC/TS 63050.