Updating international nuclear law

The provisions of the Atomic Energy Act are supplemented or specified by further laws and ordinances.

Legal basis of the peaceful use of nuclear energy National laws and ordinances are supplemented by multilateral conventions on nuclear safety, on radiation protection and on third party liability, as well as by the EURATOM Treaty and EU legislation.

The nuclear rules and regulations modernised on this basis comply with the current recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA) in the field of requirements for ensuring nuclear safety.

The results of the work are documented in the portal dedicated to the updating of the nuclear non-mandatory guidance instruments under

The IAEA helps its Member States not only in benefiting from the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, but also in the establishment and maintenance of suitable legal and regulatory infrastructures for the proper use of this technology.

Through its legislative assistance programme the IAEA conducts training and other activities to provide knowledge and raise awareness in its Member States on the requirements of a national legal framework for the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear energy and ionizing radiation sources.

According to the German Constitution (Grundgesetz – GG), the Länder are responsible for the implementation of the Atomic Energy Act.

To ensure a uniform implementation of the Atomic Energy Act, the Länder are subject to federal supervision.

GRS collects and reviews these comments and, after consultation with the authors and the BMUB, forwards them to the IAEA.Read more Australia accedes to the GIF Framework Agreement On 14 September 2017, Australia deposited its instrument of accession to the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems.A ceremony was held in Paris which included His Excellency Mr Brian Pontifex, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD, and Dr Adrian (Adi) Paterson, CEO of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).Below the level of laws and ordinances, the requirements are further specified by the nuclear non-mandatory guidance instruments.These include general administrative provisions and safety criteria of the BMUB, BMUB guidelines, incident guidelines, guidelines and recommendations of the Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) and the Commission on Radiological Protection (SSK), safety standards of the Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (KTA), nuclear engineering standards, technical rules and technical specifications for components and systems.

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