Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz

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Federal Office for Radiation Protection
Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz
– BfS –
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Salzgitter
Headquarters Willy-Brandt-Straße 5 D-38226 Salzgitter
Employees 708 (2008)
Annual budget about 305 Mio. Euro (2009)
Agency executive
  • Dr. Inge Paulini
Parent agency Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Website www.bfs.de/EN/home/home_node.html
BfS main building in Salzgitter Lebenstedt

The Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS) is the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection. The BfS was established in November 1989; the headquarters is located in Salzgitter, with branch offices in Berlin, Bonn, Freiburg, Gorleben, Oberschleißheim and Rendsburg. It has 708 employees (including 305 scientific) and an annual budget of around 305 million Euro (2009).[1] Since 2009 the BfS is also responsible for the storage site of radioactive waste, Schacht Asse II.[2]


The BfS is supervised by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The BfS has four sub-departments.

  • Fachbereich SK - Sicherheit in der Kerntechnik - Department for Safety in Nuclear Engineering
  • Fachbereich SE - Sicherheit nuklearer Entsorgung - Department for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Disposal
  • Fachbereich SG - Strahlenschutz und Gesundheit - Department for Radiation and Health
  • Fachbereich SW - Strahlenschutz und Umwelt - Department for Radiation and the Environment

Gamma dose rate network[edit]

Gamma dose rate probe, part of the German radiation measurement network operated by BfS, department SW

The BfS operates a gamma dose rate measurement network with about 1800 probes, uniformly distributed over Germany. The automatically working systems compare the actual level of radiation with the long term mean and sends an alert to the data centers immediately, if the radiation exceeds the threshold value. This network is a part of the German early warning system, in case of a nuclear accident. Hardware of data logger and probes as well as software are developed in-house by the BfS. On the mountain Schauinsland the BfS operates an international measurement station for gamma dose rate probe calibration and long term tests.[3]

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Coordinates: 52°09′4.1″N 10°39′51.6″E / 52.151139°N 10.664333°E / 52.151139; 10.664333