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On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit - BMUB) the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (Bundesamt für Kerntechnische Entsorgungssicherheit, BfE) is actively engaged in national committees that work in the field of nuclear safety. The main task of the cooperation with national committees is the contribution in the development of national nuclear rules and standards.

The requirements stipulated in national rules and standards shall achieve the best possible precaution against damage according to the state-of-the-art of science and technology. When cooperating with national committees BfE experts pay attention to the compatibility of the rules and standards with the German safety requirements for nuclear power plants and to the consideration of international requirements and experience.

Länder Committee for Nuclear Energy (LAA)

Länder Committee for Nuclear Energy (LAA)

The Länder Committee for Nuclear Energy (LAA) is a permanent Committee composed of representatives of the nuclear Länder licensing and supervisory authorities and the Federal Ministry for the Environment. It develops legal and administrative provisions and regulations for standardised handling of nuclear law. The LAA Technical Committee on Nuclear Safety deals especially with safety in nuclear power plants.

Nuclear Safety Standards Commission

The Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (Kerntechnischer Ausschuss - KTA) constitutes regulations that contain concrete and detailed requirements for the safety of nuclear power plants. The affairs of the Nuclear Safety Standards Commission are managed by the KTA-office (KTA-GS), which is administratively attached to the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (Bundesamt für kerntechnische Entsorgungssicherheit - BfE). The KTA-Safety Standards are regularly revised by subcommittees and working bodies and - if necessary - updated. The BfE takes part in this process.

Committees developing nuclear safety standards

Through the development of standards it is possible to promptly consider the influence of current technological developments on the safety in nuclear installations. The BfE supports these efforts through cooperation in various committees, subcommittees or expert committees at the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technology of DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.) and VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnologie e.V.) as well as at the Association of German Engineers (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure - VDI).

Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) and Nuclear Waste Management Commission (ESK)

The Reactor Safety Commission (Reaktor-Sicherheitskommission - RSK) and the Nuclear Waste Management Commission (Entsorgungskommission - ESK) advise the Federal Ministry for the Environment in terms of safety of nuclear installations and nuclear waste management questions. BfE experts from the area of Nuclear Safety are involved.

Technical documents on the Probabilistic Safety Analysis in nuclear power plants (German only)

Probabilistic Safety Analysis Expert Working Group

The Probabilistic Safety Analysis Expert Working Group consists of technical experts and is headed by the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (Bundesamt für kerntechnische Entsorgungssicherheit - BfE). The Expert Working Group advises the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit - BMUB) on questions relating to probabilistic safety analysis. In addition, the Expert Working Group develops technical documents on the Probabilistic Safety Analysis in nuclear power plants.

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