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.

AbbreviationBrief description of the legislative content[Ref.]
StrlSchVRadiation 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
AtVfVNuclear 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)
AtSMVNuclear 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
AtZüVNuclear Reliability Assessment Ordinance
Checking of personal reliability for protecting against the diversion or major release of radioactive material 
AtDeckVNuclear Financial Security Ordinance
Financial security pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act
AtKostVCost Ordinance under the Atomic Energy Act
Fees and costs in nuclear procedures
KIVOrdinance Concerning Potassium Iodide Tablets
Provision and distribution of medicine containing potassium iodide as a thyroid blocker in radiological events
AtAVNuclear Waste Shipment Ordinance
Shipment of radioactive waste into or out of the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany
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.