- What are electromagnetic fields?
- Static and low-frequency fields
- What are static and low-frequency electric and magnetic fields?
- Direct and alternating voltage
- Effects of static and low-frequency fields
- Reports & Evaluations
- Radiation protection relating to the expansion of the national grid
- Basics transfer of electrical power
- High-frequency fields
- What are high-frequency fields?
- Applications high-frequency fields
- Radiation protection in mobile communication
- What is mobile communication?
- Reports and evaluations
- What is optical radiation?
- UV radiation
- What is UV radiation?
- Sun but safe!
- Effects of UV radiation
- Protection against UV radiation
- UV index
- Infrared radiation
- What is ionising radiation?
- Radioactivity in the environment
- Where does radioactivity occur in the environment?
- What is the level of natural radiation exposure in Germany?
- Air, soil and water
- Building materials
- Industrial residues (NORM)
- BfS laboratories
- Applications in medicine
- Applications in daily life and in technology
- Radioactive radiation sources in Germany
- Register high-level radioactive radiation sources
- Type approval procedure pursuant to RöV and StrlSchV
- Cabin luggage security checks
- Radioactive materials in watches
- Ionisation smoke detectors (ISM)
- What are the effects of radiation?
- Acute radiation damage
- Effects of selected radioactive materials
- Consequences of a radiation accident
- Cancer and leukaemia
- Genetic radiation effects
- Individual radiosensitivity
- Epidemiology of radiation-induced diseases
- Ionising radiation: positive effects?
- Risk estimation and assessment
- Radiation protection
- Basic informations
- Occupational radiation protection
- Nuclear accident management
- What happens in an emergency?
- Federal and state tasks
- In the event of an emergency
- Measuring networks
- Exercises for emergency situations
- Nuclear accidents
- Defence against nuclear hazards
- Service offers
- Radon measurements
- Incorporation monitoring
- Biological dosimetry
- Online library
- About us
- Science and research
- Research concept
- Scientific collaborations
- EU research framework programme
- BfS research programme
- Third-party funded research
- Departmental research
- Selected research projects
- Selected research results
- Professional opinions
- Laws and regulations
- BfS Topics in the Bundestag
Federal Office for Radiation Protection 1989 – 2014: Research. Provide information. Protect.
- The BfS annual reports give a generally understandable survey of the BfS work priorities for the respective period under report and provide key figures.
- Instead of an annual report, a special edition is published in 2014 about 25 years of BfS – with an outlook on current challenges.
With immediate effect, a printed copy of the report "Federal Office for Radiation Protection 1989 – 2014: Research. Provide information. Protect." is available free of charge and can be downloaded on the internet at www.bfs.de. It includes a survey of the tasks and work priorities of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) since the Office was founded
Special Edition of Annual report: Download/Order (in German only)
Research. Provide information. Protect.
By presenting selected topics from all radiation protection areas, the publication shows the development of radiation protection and in particular current challenges e.g. in the field of communication with the public.
In their respective prefaces, the BfS president, Wolfram König, and the Federal Environment Minister acting in 1989, Klaus Töpfer, elucidate the establishment and development of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection as well as the staff's self-conception and high demands.
Topics and priorities
Selected technical and organisational milestones as well as tasks and the organisational structure of the BfS are presented in a review paper.
An article about basic issues of the scientific work in the BfS describes how the BfS intends to master its scientific challenges successfully and deal with the three key topics
- Maintenance of competence,
- The scientific work's focus on problem-solving, and
- Quality assurance.
The article about radiation protection and health shows that radiation protection instructions also have to be observed increasingly in the field of cosmetics and spa, apart from radiation protection in the medical field and possible adverse health effects from the application of electromagnetic fields.
The range of topics in the field of radiation protection and the environment covers questions relating to the handling of natural radioactivity and the ongoing development of radiological emergency preparedness – which continues to be necessary irrespective of the phase-out of nuclear energy – through to the further development of structures addressing radiological threats.
The still unsolved issue of safe radioactive waste management is dealt with in detail under the topic of safety of nuclear waste management.
The importance of maintaining and improving the safety of nuclear power plants taking also into account Germany's phase-out of nuclear energy which was decided as a consequence of the reactor accident in Fukushima in 2011, is explained in the topic safety of nuclear energy. That topic also deals with the contribution of the BfS to the safe management of the relics from the use of nuclear energy in Germany.
Furthermore, one article addresses the permanent challenge of modern communication with the public in the conflicted area between complex science and general comprehensibility as well as problems in personnel recruitment and maintenance of technical competence.
Further Annual Reports
The Annual Reports of the BfS since 1997 are available as PDF files (in German only) in the BfS "Digital Online Repository and Information System" (DORIS).
State of 2015.10.26