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Balance 1998-2006 and Report of the Working Group “Modernisation of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection”

Changed political conditions in Germany, new scientific findings and a globally strained security situation created new challenges for the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) in the past years. Additional tasks with a decreasing number of staff have required and still require the use of modern management and steering tools as well as the modernisation of internal organisation.

Adaptation to changed scientific, social and political requirements

In the first part, the brochure "Modernisation of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection – Tasks and challenges" (text in German - see below) documents the central aspects faced by the BfS against this background in the period from 1998 to 2006, and shows how the BfS applied and further developed the state of the art of science and technology in its area of responsibility.

Report of the Working Group “Modernisation of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection”

The second part of the brochure includes the report of the expert group that evaluated the tasks of the Federal Office and the organisational form explicitly established for this purpose. The expert group was commissioned by Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel and BfS President Wolfram König. The expert group consisting of acknowledged and independent administration scientists and practitioners presented its results to the public in December 2006.

In its report, the expert group also clearly criticised the Scientific Council’s evaluation of May 2006 in which it had accused the BfS among others of negligence in research, and developed concrete and practicable proposals as to how the BfS can be modernised further. These proposals for further modernisation are of great significance for the future orientation of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection.

State of 2016.02.22

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