The German Atomic Energy Act authorises the adoption of ordinances in order to determine the specifics of the various items of legislation. These ordinances are issued by the relevant federal ministry but require the consent of the Bundesrat, the federal constitutional body comprising representatives of the Länder governments.
The table below lists the main ordinances relating to the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection.
|Abbreviation||Brief description of the legislative content||[Ref.]|
|StrlSchV||Radiation Protection Ordinance|
Radiation protection principles and limit values, requirements on organisation of radiation protection, personal monitoring, environmental monitoring, accident management, design features to protect against incidents, accident planning values
|AtVfV||Nuclear Licensing Procedure Ordinance|
Application documents (one-time safety analysis report), involvement of the public, safety specifications (operational limits and conditions for safe operation), procedures and criteria for significant modifications (public participation)
|AtSMV||Nuclear Safety Officer and Reporting Ordinance|
Position, duties, responsibilities of the nuclear safety officer, notification of reportable events in nuclear installations, research reactors (with thermal capacity above 50 kW), nuclear fuel supply facilities, interim storage facilities for nuclear fuels
|AtZüV||Nuclear Reliability Assessment Ordinance|
Checking of personal reliability for protecting against the diversion or major release of radioactive material
|AtDeckV||Nuclear Financial Security Ordinance|
Financial security pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act
|AtKostV||Cost Ordinance under the Atomic Energy Act|
Fees and costs in nuclear procedures
|KIV||Ordinance Concerning Potassium Iodide Tablets|
Provision and distribution of medicine containing potassium iodide as a thyroid blocker in radiological events
|AtAV||Nuclear Waste Shipment Ordinance|
Shipment of radioactive waste into or out of the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany
|EndlagerVIV||Repository Prepayment Ordinance|
Advance payments for the construction of federal facilities for the long-term storage and disposal of radioactive waste
Table: Statutory ordinances on protective and preventive measures relating to nuclear safety and radiation protection.
Technical aspects of facility and operational safety, standards pertaining to training and qualifications, and various other protective actions are not currently covered by statutory ordinances in Germany but are a matter for sub-statutory regulation.