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Resolution passed for ordinance to modernise radiation protection law

The use of lasers for cosmetic or other non-medical purposes has also been regulated for the first time.

Radiation Protection Act

On 5 September 2018, on the suggestion of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, the federal cabinet resolved to enact an ordinance to modernise radiation protection law. This will improve the protection of health against ionising and non-ionising radiation. The ordinance will come into effect on 31 December 2018; the Bundesrat must come to agreement first.

The ordinance covers a very wide range of regulations

The regulations on ionising radiation cover occupational radiation protection, medical radiation protection and the protection of the general public. They support the enhancement and specifying of the radiation protection law announced in 2017. These regulations guarantee comprehensive protection against the harmful effects of ionising radiation and implement the 2013/59/Euratom guideline.

For example, regulations for the evacuation of known radon precautionary areas are intended to ensure protection against the naturally occurring noble gas radon. Regulations to protect against the harmful effects of non-ionising radiation when used on people will legally regulate for the first time the use of non-ionising radiation sources, such as lasers, for cosmetic or other non-medical purposes.

Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Press release from the Federal Environment Ministry (in German)

State of 2018.09.05

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