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The Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (Kerntechnischer Ausschuss - KTA)

The Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (Kerntechnischer Ausschuss - KTA) is tasked of setting out technical safety regulations (known as KTA-Safety Standards) and promoting their application in areas of nuclear technology. Those areas are covered where indicates the importance based on experience the consistent opinion

  • of manufacturers, creators and operators of nuclear power plants,
  • of experts and
  • of the authorities.

The affairs of the Nuclear Safety Standards Commission are managed by the KTA-office (KTA-GS), which is led by a Managing Director. The Secretary of the Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (KTA) is administratively assigned to the Federal Office for Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BfE).

KTA-Safety Standards

The KTA-Safety Standards are part of the non-mandatory regulations and include concrete and detailed requirements for the safety of nuclear power plants. The safety standards are regularly checked by subcommittees and working bodies and are revised as necessary. They are therefore adapted to the current standards of science and technology.

The KTA Program of Standards currently comprises 97 safety standards (as of November 2016). Seven of these standards are no longer part of the revision process. 28 standards are in the revision process.

KTA is planning to analyse and, if necessary, to update all standards until the end of the year 2017. After this evaluation during the next two years it is expected that the personnel and financial input will be significantly reduced for all organisations and institutions involved from 2018. Of course, it needs to be ensured that the development of the state of the art of science and technology is followed and the standards are updated, if necessary.

As a next step, until the year 2022 it should be defined which standards will still be needed after the operation of all German nuclear power plant is finished. These standards will be analysed and updated for longer periods.

BfE experts are actively involved in revision of KTA Safety Standards

The Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BfE) is involved in the professional performance of KTA Safety Standards revision procedures in both various KTA subcommittees and KTA working bodies.

In the revision of KTA Safety Standards, the involved BfE experts' aim is to lay down the established state of the art of technical developments in nuclear safety. Helping here are

  • the activities in the initiation, expert support and assessment of investigation projects into nuclear safety,
  • the participation in further national and international committees in the field of nuclear safety and
  • specialist research in nuclear safety, documented in appropriate work reports and publications.

The BfE experts will also take part in the revision of the Safety Standards in the future and, where applicable, in the elaboration of new Safety Standards.

State of 2017.03.09

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