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Please find below statements of the BfS on current BfS topics.

Current comments on topics that belonged to the tasks of the BfS until April 2017 and were assigned to other organisations as part of the realignment of the organisational structure in the field of radioactive waste management are also included.

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Ionising radiation BfS information on age determination by means of x-ray examinations

From the radiation protection point of view, several aspects must be given particular consideration in the current debate on the age determination of young migrants by means of x-ray examination: For one, the application of x-radiation in human beings must be justified by qualified expert medical personnel. Furthermore, the persons who are to be examined need special protection from the radiation point of view, as they are adolescents or young adults.

Ionising radiation Correlation between radon and skin cancer risk unclear

After smoking, the radioactive noble gas radon is the most important cause of lung cancer. Scientists from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel have now investigated whether there is a further correlation between radon exposure in the home and the risk of dying from skin cancer. In the view of the BfS, the Swiss study provides no conclusive evidence that radon is a relevant risk factor for skin cancer.

Ionising radiation Food from the Fukushima region largely safe to eat

Apart from venison and wild boar, food from the Fukushima region can be regarded as safe. This is the result of an assessment performed by experts at the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The European Commission announced recently that the import restrictions on food from Japan following the Fukushima reactor accident that happened six years ago might be loosened after the summer break. The persistent high exposure of venison and wild boar tallies with the experience gained after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

Ionising radiation New Act provides better protection against radon

For the first time, the protection against the natural and radioactive rare gas radon has been regulated by law. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), which has been providing information about health risks due to radon for many years and has been promoted a better legal protection of citizens, expressly welcomes this fundamental advance. The Act, which was adopted by the German Bundesrat on 12 May 2017, provides for the first time a legal foundation for binding rules for the protection of citizens, in particular in public buildings such as kindergartens or schools.

Statement of position on comments from the Federal Court of Audit about the Konrad mine

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection states its position regarding the comments "2016 Comments Volume II No. 05 - Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Reactor Safety neglects functional supervision of the Konrad final repository" made by the Federal Court of Audit.

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